Lumina Networks Unites Traditional BGP/MPLS Networks with White Box Switching Using New SD-Core Capabilities

Lumina Networks Unites Traditional BGP/MPLS Networks with White Box Switching Using New SD-Core Capabilities

This week, we implemented new features in our Flow Manager product that allow large network providers to immediately evolve their BGP/MPLS networks toward SDN, using a centralized controller and lower cost infrastructure. We will be demonstrating these features at the Linux Foundation’s Open Networking Summit in Los Angeles.

SD-Core brings both existing BGP/MPLS routers and new white box switches, under the control of SDN, combining the use of BGP, PCEP, NETCONF, OpenFlow and P4, to deliver automated end-to-end services, provisioning and management.

“In every SDN deployment, bringing the existing network under an automation framework is the number one priority,” said our CEO, Andrew Coward. “What makes Lumina different, is our ability to operate a single control plane that software defines the existing routed network and enables white-box vendors to integrate into the solution with next-generation switching protocols. This allows our provider customers to offer their existing services seamlessly over both, while at the same time expanding their offers to more advanced services, thus bridging the gap between the old and new”.

Our Flow Manager now supports the ability to define VLAN, MPLS and Segment Routing intent paths over low-cost switches. Also, Flow Manager can assign packet transport services to the paths including E-Line, E-Tree, L2VPN or L3VPN.  To achieve these capabilities, Flow Manager runs using the Lumina SDN Controller, Powered by OpenDaylight™, along with the OpenFlow and BGP plugins provided by the controller.

The implementation includes a centralized path policy manager function providing many of the traffic management features found in traditional BGP/MPLS networks also provides very unique features including fine grained traffic classification at the service ingress node, traffic replication and point to multi-point (P2MP) services including “anycast” destinations, and L2-L4 packet field manipulation at the service egress node.

Lumina Flow Manager release 6.1 is available as a free trial version, along with the Lumina SDN Controller, Powered by OpenDaylight™ and can be obtained at https://www.luminanetworks.com

Lumina and NoviFlow demo SD-Core at Mobile World Congress

Lumina and NoviFlow demo SD-Core at Mobile World Congress

This week, we were proud to partner with NoviFlow at Mobile World Congress to demo the world’s first SD-Core networking solution in a use case that involved the siphoning of select classes of traffic to the newer, higher performance network.

What is SD-Core? SD-Core defines an architecture and technology set for deploying scalable, MPLS/Segment routing capabilities so that network providers can offer newer and more affordable services to subscribers with carrier-class reliability. The SD-Core approach uses a layered software-based architecture with adaptable components based on open source rather than vendor-proprietary system. The use cases are numerous as SD-Core enables network providers to elevate their core networks to SDN while retaining protocols, products and reliability of their existing networks. They’re also able to reduce costs by enabling traffic sharing between the switched and routed domains.

Both Lumina and NoviFlow were honored to share this groundbreaking technology with Mobile World Congress attendees!

“We believe in bringing open software networking out of the lab an into the live network, solving real problems for real customers,” said Andrew Coward, CEO of Lumina Networks. “It’s rare that a new solution is simultaneously lower cost, higher-performance and ready for production, so working with NoviFlow to evolve the core of our MPLS customers’ networks is a real demonstration of the power of SDN used with white box technology. We’re delighted to showcase this solution at Mobile World Congress.”

“The dynamic partnership provides a compelling new end-to-end solution for MPLS and Segment Routing,” said Dominique Jodoin, President and CEO of NoviFlow. “NoviFlow is honored to join forces with a key player such as Lumina Networks to offer unprecedented feature/ performance in commercial SDN solutions.”

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