Telefónica and Brocade improve carrier network performance with virtualised software defined networking

Telefónica and Brocade have partnered to help the mobile communications group to improve network performance using software defined networking.

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Telefónica and Brocade have partnered to help the mobile communications group to improve network performance using software defined networking.

The partners have established new benchmarks for the deployment and performance of "network functions virtualisation (NFV)" solutions. The "consistent results from testing have provided clear evidence that will fundamentally alter the performance range service providers can expect from virtualised, software-based networking infrastructure", they said.

The establishment of NFV benchmarks is part of a joint effort by both companies within the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab framework. Enrique Algaba, network innovation and virtualisation director at Telefónica, said: “The promise of NFV is rapid service creation and highly elastic scalability. While virtualisation is significant to achieving this agility, it has historically been the fundamental limiter to the kind of performance required for scalability.”

In the tests performed by Telefónica, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter used achieved 80 Gbps on a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) Intel-based x86 server. Deployed within a Red Hat KVM environment, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 was deployed as a single Virtual Machine (VM) and supported all of the server’s available ports at line rate.

Francisco-Javier Ramón, head of the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab, said, “In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking, in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies."

In addition to Brocade vPlane technology, the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter takes advantage of Intel Xeon processor-based servers and the Intel Data Plane Development Kit, to achieve the performance required by the world’s largest telecommunication and service providers.

"Intel is committed to bringing Moore's Law to networking and enabling a broad SDN/NFV ecosystem based on open source and standard solutions," said John Healy, general manager of Intel’s software defined networking division.

Kelly Herrell, VP and GM of software networking at Brocade, said, “The Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter has removed the performance barrier from the NFV adoption conversation and our focus is now on expanding its capabilities for the broadest possible leverage across the service provider network.”

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