Radisys takes aim at the mobile network's data plane

Radisys rolled out new wireless infrastructure platforms aimed at enabling mobile operators to virtualize data plane processing, as opposed to the more commonly targeted control plane processing.

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Radisys introduced a family of T-100 Series Platforms with new FlowEngine data plane software technology.

The company's T-100 Series platforms, integrated with Radisys' FlowEngine data plane software technology, leverage commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) silicon technology with 100G optical interfaces to provide more than 2 terabytes per second (Tbps) throughput. Radisys claims its FlowEngine packet-processing software implements wire-speed packet classification and load balancing inside the Radisys' T-100 switch to streamline software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) architectures, reduce development costs and boost time to market.

"Mobile operators today are deploying NFV applications for control plane processing with enterprise-class cloud computing platforms. However, virtualized data plane processing across millions of broadband streams, with dynamic load balancing across hundreds of virtual machines with near-zero latency, is much more challenging," Radisys said.

According to Sue Rudd, director of service provider analysis at Strategy Analytics, mobile operators need to understand and manage the diverse media streams flowing through their networks. She said Radisys T-100 with FlowEngine is innovative in that it optimizes traffic flows by integrating deep packet inspection (DPI) and load balancing into a single platform.

"The result is more compute capacity available for running the Virtualized Network Functions, and both reduced capex and opex, especially space and significant power savings. This unique approach is a significant step forward in implementing NFV architectural principles for high-performance, high-capacity media flow processing applications," Rudd added.

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