Ottawa, ON (Canada) — October 8, 2014 — Software Defined Networking data plane company Corsa Technology, the leader in pure SDN hardware data planes, announced today a programmable SDN BGP routing pipeline, the latest in their series of SDN OpenFlow pipelines. Programmable into either the DP6420, 48 x 10G + 4 x 40G data plane or the DP6440, 4 x 100G + 24 x 10G data plane, the SDN BGP pipeline allows full delegation of policy decisions to the orchestration layer to achieve software driven fine-grained control of the network.
This announcement marks a point in time where SDN data plane pipelines have the capacity and speed to implement some of the largest BGP routers that connect the core fabric of the Internet. Up until now, single table pipelines or limited multi-table implementations of OpenFlow data planes have meant full scale orchestration of networks could only be achieved with limited success. Corsa has successfully designed massive FIB table capacity into a highly efficient, multi-table pipeline which allows the separate control plane to implement a SDN BGP Router. This allows network orchestration to dynamically adjust or adapt forwarding for any number of purposes such as for SLA compliance, real-time load balancing, peering arrangements or time of day.
Corsa’s SDN data planes support over a million flows and multiple flow tables to scale for any network application. At the core of the data plane is a completely reconfigurable OpenFlow datapath. The SDN BGP routing pipeline is just one configuration that takes advantage of the flexible table structures and flow capacity. The same hardware data plane can be programmed to take on any networking function, ranging from simple Layer 2 switching at massive scale, to complex Layer4- 7 aware steering gateways.
“For the evolution of our SDN network, we need to be able to dynamically control policy at a very granular level. We have been developing new programmable functions in software that have not been matched with capable hardware as flow forwarding wasn’t possible at scale. SDN and OpenFlow data planes must have this level of performance to enable successful SDN deployments, especially when considering an internet-scale SDN BGP router. Our collaboration with Corsa to successfully demonstrate an at-scale SDN BGP router function shows that this is now possible, which can help pave the way for true SDN networks,” said Inder Monga, Chief Technology Officer at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet).
Corsa will be demonstrating the SDN BGP Routing pipeline, in collaboration with ESnet, in a live setting at the SDN World Congress in Dusseldorf (Germany), October 15-17. Visit Booth 75 and the live demo at the ONF SDN Showcase area.
About Corsa Technology
Corsa Technology is a networking hardware company focused on delivering configurable data planes for Software Defined Networking (SDN). Corsa’s dedicated SDN data planes offer scalability, programmability, and flexibility for SDN and NFV deployments. For more information, please visit www.corsa.com.
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