NEC Releases ProgrammableFlow 2.0 Product Suite
Apr 19, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
NEC Corp. of America, a provider and integrator of communication and IT solutions, has released its next generation OpenFlow solution, ProgrammableFlow 2.0 Product Suite.
According to a release, the ProgrammableFlow Controller (PFC) gives organizations the ability to design, deploy, monitor and manage secure, multitenant networks from a single point of control.
ProgrammableFlow 2.0 builds upon the OpenFlow 1.0 standard to provide more control of network resources, while maintaining interoperability with other OpenFlow compliant equipment. With NEC's multitenant network virtualization technology, organizations can now programmatically manage the way traffic flows across the network, optimizing use of existing network resources and the appliances, servers, and storage connecting to the network, leading to service agility and higher staff productivity.
"This release of the ProgrammableFlow 2.0 extends NEC's lead in software defined networking," said Don Clark, Director of Business Development, IT Platform Technologies, NEC Corp. of America. "Deployed as data center fabric or as a virtualization layer for network services, ProgrammableFlow version 2.0's automation and ease of use allows customers to quickly deploy and gain the benefits of a software defined network."
As described by the company, ProgrammableFlow 2.0 Updates Include:
-Policy Based Multipath Routing - The physical path traffic takes across the network can be distributed across equal cost links and by path policy. The path policy can be customized dynamically based on traffic type, providing policy based traffic steering.
-Point and Click Network Deployment - Virtual networks can be created and deployed from a single user interface. Leveraging NEC's Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) technology, the Version 2.0 of the ProgrammableFlow Controller interface allows operators to create/delete virtual networks, manage virtual network topology setting, and configuration.
-Network Service/Appliance Failover - ProgrammableFlow continuously monitors the status of network services and can automatically redirect traffic to services in the case the primary service is no longer reachable.
-Bandwidth Monitor - With the bandwidth monitor function, statistical information can be periodically obtained from OpenFlow switches. The number of bytes received from the physical port of the switches can be collected.
According to Cindy Borovick, IDC Program Vice President, Enterprise and Datacenter Networks, "Enterprises today are gaining awareness of Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow, and their interest is piqued and growing. A programmable network can help customers solve the complexity challenge in today's networks- particularly for customers with highly virtualized environments, or moving to private clouds. NEC is demonstrating leadership as an early innovator in this emerging market."
OpenFlow based networks eliminate most of the configuration management in traditional networks, while the ProgrammableFlow Controller 2.0 enables new capabilities that ease the administration of VLANs, subnets and ACLs. Using the OpenFlow protocol 1.0 standard, the PF6800 2.0 transforms traditional network monitoring and management by integrating real time monitoring with remediation. NEC's vFilter and vRedirect technology allows the development of customized network monitoring, policy management, and service resiliency all visualized in real time.
NEC is demonstrating the PF6800 2.0 at the Open Networking Summit, held at the Santa Clara Marriott in Santa Clara, CA. Kaoro Yano, NEC Chairman, is featured as a keynote speaker on the uses of Software Defined Networking.
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