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Overture Announces NFV Service Chain Performance Benchmark

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Overture Announces NFV Service Chain Performance Benchmark

NFV Deployment Viability Proven With Line-Rate Performance in a Software-Only Solution Utilizing Multiple VNFs on Low-Cost COTS Servers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., May 4, 2015Overture announced today its collaboration with Integra, Brocade, Intel and Spirent to provide NFV service chain performance benchmarks. Test results show zero packet loss throughput for 2 Gigabit ports carrying line-rate IMIX traffic through multiple VNFs in a pure-play NFV environment. Pure-play NFV refers to running software virtual network functions on standard servers with no specialized networking hardware. These real-world simulation tests prove that NFV can deliver high performance at the customer premise to support even the most demanding communication service provider (CSP) environment.

“This benchmark demonstrates the real potential that NFV has of transforming our industry,” states Jason Koenders, Integra chief technology officer. “It allows network services providers like Integra to deliver the services and performance that our customers require, and that we currently get from proprietary hardware products, but in a much more cost-effective, software-based model.”

The battery of benchmark tests incorporated various combinations of the Overture Ensemble Carrier Ethernet VNF, Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter, and Spirent TestCenter Virtual, all orchestrated by Overture’s Ensemble Service Orchestrator. Testing was performed on Intel® Atom™ C2000 processor-based servers acting as VNF hosting platforms. The tests themselves covered a wide range of real-world scenarios with multiple traffic profiles, including 64-byte and IMIX frames, being passed through a service chain of up to four VNFs on a single server.

“To achieve line-rate performance using bi-directional traffic on a 1 Gbit/s port, running through multiple VNFs on a server that costs less than $1,000 is a game changer for this industry,” notes Prayson Pate, Overture chief technology officer. “A service chain with layer 2 functionality providing this level of performance on this type of machine shows that pure-play NFV can meet even the most demanding carrier-class service provider environments.”

“It is critically important to validate the reliability and performance of the NFV infrastructure and VNF service chains, prior to deployment. Spirent TestCenter Virtual, with its line rate traffic generation capabilities and support for NFV test methodologies, helps vendors and carriers accelerate NFV deployments,” states Rajesh Rajamani, director of Marketing, Cloud & IP Business Unit at Spirent.

“Reliable performance is a critical consideration as telco service providers evaluate NFV for deployment,” notes Lynn Comp, director of market development for the Intel Network Platforms Group. “Benchmark results such as these demonstrate that cost-effective industry standard servers, based on the Intel architecture and utilizing the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), can deliver the performance required for carrier-class network environments.”

To access the full report, click here: http://www.overturenetworks.com/nfv-performance.

About Overture
Overture transforms delivery of dynamic communications, media and data services with Ensemble OSA™, the only carrier-class open network functions virtualization (NFV) solution providing analytics-driven orchestration and control. With hundreds of CSP customers worldwide Overture is revolutionizing the way we connect, communicate and captivate. (www.overturenetworks.com)

About Integra
Integra™ provides facilities-based communications and network services to enterprises, small and mid-sized businesses, government agencies and carriers throughout the western United States through its Integra Business and Electric Lightwave business units, with nationwide connectivity delivered via a robust IP/MPLS network. Integra’s vast, privately owned network connects customers to 6,400 miles of long-haul fiber optic infrastructure and 3,000 miles of metro fiber across 35 cities in 11 states, and its Ethernet-over-copper infrastructure extends ubiquitous Ethernet access to more than 460,000 business locations. Customers trust Integra for secure, reliable, low-latency solutions to power high-bandwidth cloud services, data center connectivity and the applications that drive their success. Integra’s services are backed by hands-on support and strong service level agreements. For more information, visit www.integratelecom.com.

About Brocade
Brocade (Nasdaq:BRCD) networking solutions help the world’s leading organizations transition smoothly to a world where applications and information reside anywhere. (www.brocade.com)

About Spirent
Spirent Communications plc. (LSE:SPT), a global leader in test & measurement, inspires innovation within development labs, networks and IT organizations, enabling its customers to deploy communications networks, services, applications and devices that enrich life. Our extensive portfolio of solutions test data centers, cloud computing and virtualized environments, high speed Ethernet networks and services, 3G/4G wireless networks and devices, network and application security, and positioning technologies. (www.spirent.com)

Intel and Intel Atom are trademarks of Intel Corporation in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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