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Packet Processing in a Virtual Environment
10
Apr

Hold On – There’s a More Efficient Way to do Packet Processing in Virtual Machines

First in a five-part series It is increasingly common to implement packet processing functions in virtual machines. This is what Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is all about. The most common implementation model for network functions has been to replicate the functions in...
NFI Blog Consider MANET
27
Oct

Consider MANET (Mobile Ad Hoc Network) for when you can’t do direct point-to-point

Infrastructure-less Network In last few years mobile communications have dramatically increased in popularity and usage. This growth has inspired a development of advanced communication protocols offering higher throughput and reliability over wireless links. Much of wireless...
The Surprise of NFV
01
Aug

The Surprise of NFV

While the expectation in the network industry was that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) would primarily be for deployments in the cloud, in particular in data centers, the surprise is that NFV is proving to be most effective when used on virtual Customer Premise Equipment...
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06
Apr

How to Improve Packet Buffering Performance with Broadcom Smart-Buffer Technology

Broadcom’s Smart Buffer Technology can provide cost effective performance scaling of cloud applications in Broadcom StrataXGS data center switches. The function of a network switch is to receive packets on an input port, apply switching and routing decisions as per the...
Northforge Innovations
04
Feb

Network Security from the Perspective of Security Vendors

It seems that nearly every day there are reports of a new type of security attack or some major security breach. Many more go unreported. Overall the complexity of information technology architectures and their widely distributed nature encourage novel attack schemes which gives...
Northforge Innovations
10
Nov

How “Dynamic Pathing” Provides Benefits Not Achievable with Static Physical Device Chains

In our last blog post we explored how Service Function Chaining (SFC) differs from the traditional model of creating a sequence of functions. Another key difference is that the path through the SFC can be “dynamic”, as noted in this Intel white paper. The dynamic qualities of the...
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07
Jan

Migration of existing applications to Cavium OCTEON using its SDK/ADK and/or Linux Kernel for acceleration

If you are developing a processor intensive network application, such as encryption/decryption, Virtual Private Networks, intrusion detection and prevention, or Network Attached Storage appliances, you’ll need a highly-integrated security and network application processor chip...
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25
Sep

What Not to Bring into the Cloud

As enterprises and service providers look to offer on-demand computing resources and need to manage large networks of virtual machines, many companies are looking to the OpenStack cloud computing platform as a way to gain the flexibility they need to design their cloud. ...
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06
Aug

Challenges that need to be overcome before NFV can be commercialized

In our last blog post on our three-part series on Network Functions Virtualization, commonly known as NFV, let’s look at what’s holding us back from commercializing NFV. We know that as carrier revenue growth flattens, the cost to grow network footprint and capacity will become...
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05
Jun

What is NFV and why is it significant to the networking industry?

June 9, 2014 – What is NFV and why is it significant to the networking industry? With the increasing number of smart phones and mobile devices, more businesses and enterprises are depending on improved network communications. Consumers are demanding more information and...