At the SDN World Conference in October, I sat down with Allyson Klein of Intel to record a podcast session for Intel’s Chip Chat. At the heart of the discussion is the Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine, a newly launched product that addresses a major gap in the NFV ecosystem.
For years now, Sandvine has deployed its platforms and solutions at very large scale in the Carrier space. Our Network Policy Control platform, the Policy Traffic Switch, is built almost entirely on Intel processors, but one key aspect is achieved through an ASIC- based network processor.
In order to facilitate a transition to Network Function Virtualization at scale, we needed to duplicate that functionality for an Intel-based architecture. The lessons learned and related functionality are now represented in our Traffic Steering Engine product, which will have broad application outside of Sandvine’s own products as well. We have used open standards and approaches such as Service Function Chaining (SFC) and Network Service Header (NSH) to open up our solution set to interoperability with third parties via standards specifications.
I discuss with Allyson some of those approaches and what makes Sandvine’s Traffic Steering Engine a natural evolution of our product portfolio as we deploy large scale virtual network functions.