Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine and PTS Virtual Series Make Service Function Chaining and Scaling of Virtual Network Functions a Reality
Waterloo, ON; January 23, 2017 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced that EANTC has independently validated important functional and performance aspects of Sandvine’s virtualized network policy control solutions.
Tests performed on Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine and Policy Traffic Switch (PTS) Virtual Series demonstrate that communications service providers (CSPs) can use the products both to instantly scale virtual network functions (VNFs) as demand dictates, and to create service function chains (SFCs) of virtual functions, like traffic detection or network security, using the IETF standards that Sandvine is collaborating on the development of. In a Software-Defined Network (SDN) architecture the Traffic Steering Engine is integrated through open APIs to help materialize the vision of a fully dynamic network where services are deployed according to demand and network conditions.
As part of the validation, EANTC scrutinized multiple use cases of Sandvine’s Service Function Chaining implementation, to verify both their functionality and scalability when faced with real-world network conditions. The multitude of tests performed by EANTC proved that:
- Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine can elastically scale-out new service chains as demand dictates, while ensuring the traffic distribution mechanism between multiple service chains remained intact
- The Traffic Steering Engine and PTS Virtual Series have failover and hitless recovery when in a high-availability scenario, ensuring network operators can deploy Sandvine’s virtualized products in situations requiring redundancy and network continuity
- Sandvine’s PTS Virtual Series and Network Security product effectively detected and mitigated both a DNS amplification distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attack and a SYN-flood DDoS attack without impacting any safe and legitimate network traffic
Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine enables CSPs to deploy service function chains in a straightforward, standards-compliant manner. Unlike alternatives, the Traffic Steering Engine delivers carrier-grade scale and reliability in a completely virtualized solution, so it is aligned with CSPs’ NFV strategies, and is subscriber-aware, making the Traffic Steering Engine the perfect enabler for today’s subscriber-centric network services.
“EANTC’s testing demonstrates that Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine and Policy Traffic Switch are ready to help make Network Functions Virtualization, Software-Defined Networking, and Service Function Chaining a reality for network operators of any access technology or scale,” said Don Bowman, CTO Sandvine.
The full EANTC report can be downloaded from Sandvine’s website; those interested in learning more about Sandvine’s SFC and elastic horizontal scaling performance are invited to visit Sandvine in booth #5I51 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain from February 22-25.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions add intelligence to fixed, mobile and converged communications service provider networks, to increase revenue, reduce network costs and improve subscriber quality of experience. Our networking solutions perform end-to-end policy control functions, including traffic classification, policy decision, and enforcement. Deployed as virtualized network functions or on Sandvine’s purpose-built hardware, the products provide actionable business insight, and the ability to deploy new consumer and business subscriber services, optimize and secure network traffic, and engage with subscribers.
Sandvine’s network policy control solutions are deployed in more than 300 networks in over 100 countries, serving hundreds of millions of data subscribers worldwide. www.sandvine.com.
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