Procera Networks sets new benchmark in NFV performance 

Procera for mobile networksProcera Networks has hit 1.8Tbps data throughput, a new industry benchmark for NFV performance, for its virtualized PacketLogic network intelligence technology running on Intel-powered 1RU Dell servers with Mellanox 100GE NICs.

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The new benchmark in NFV performance will enable telecom operators to handle higher traffic volumes through Virtualized Network Functions. Procera Networks said it will showcase its NFV capabilities at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2017) next week.

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Procera Networks said the test delivered scale-up performance to 180Gbps in a single system and scale-out to 1.8Tbps across a 10RU cluster of systems.

The primary objective behind the significant investment in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) is to reduce cost and increase the flexibility of infrastructure.

Telecom operators are facing significant scaling challenges in moving from purpose-built hardware in order to service the multi-Tbps networks deployed. Consumer broadband connections and Internet of Things (IoT) deployments will be adding challenges.

Procera Networks said the scale-up test uses a single Dell R630 platform with dual Intel Xeon E5-2697 v4 2.3Ghz CPUs and two MellanoxConnectX-4 Dual port 100GE QSFP+ NICs. In the scale-up test, each CPU devotes a single core to the hypervisor and 17 cores to PacketLogic/V, with 180Gbps performance achieved on the 1RU platform.

The scale-out test case stacks 10 of the same system configuration to achieve 1.8Tbps of performance.

The test report details architecture challenges that are solved by PacketLogic/V that enable higher performance and ease of scale-up and scale-out, namely CPU and I/O efficiency and creating symmetry in asymmetric networks without the use of an unnecessary load balancing overlay.

Telecom operators can pull intelligence from the network for delivering an enhanced subscriber experience by utilizing Procera’s PacketLogic DPI technology. PacketLogic/V enables deployments of Procera PacketLogic capabilities using industry standard off-the-shelf hardware and software-based virtual machine environments.

“In addition to a reduction in hardware costs to deploy 100GE, this support enables new scale-up and scale-out deployment models that solve some of the stickiest operational issues operators are currently facing, including asymmetry and performance efficiency,” said Alexander Havang, CTO at Procera Networks.