Ericsson strengthens its 4th generation IP portfolio
- Launching high-performance network processor, SNP 4000, with best-in-class performance and scalability
- Extending Ericsson IP Operating System across the entire IP product line for superior operational efficiency
- New developments show Ericsson's commitment to its IP portfolio
At the MPLS & Ethernet World Congress in Paris, Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today announced two key developments that reinforce its commitment to developing 4th Generation IP networks: a powerful in-house ASIC, the Ericsson SNP 4000 network processing chipset, and extension of the Ericsson IP Operating System as the common platform across the entire IP portfolio.
The Ericsson SNP 4000 brings to the market industry-leading packet processing capacity with an ASIC solution that integrates thousands of processing cores to enable products that can scale from 100Gbps to 1Tbps and applications that support millions of subscribers. With its innovative hyper-threaded run to completion architecture running the Linux OS with full support for GNU based C/C++ tool chain, the SNP 4000 will herald a new era of feature velocity and power efficiency in IP products.
Ericsson IP Operating System, that currently runs on the flagship SSR 8000 family of Smart Services Routers, will be extended to cover all Ericsson IP products. The MINI-LINK SP 415 and MINI-LINK SP 420 running Ericsson IP Operating System are being showcased at the MPLS World Congress in Paris.
Michael Howard, principal analyst of carrier networks at Infonetics Research, says: "The announcements Ericsson made today are noteworthy. With rapid growth in smart devices and personalized services, one of the biggest challenges presently facing operators is to keep up with bandwidth demand while simultaneously delivering complex services. While service provider SDNs will greatly simplify functions like dynamic service chaining, these SDN capabilities will still rely on packet processing. I'm sure service providers will be interested in the service capabilities that the SNP 4000 enables, since it is based on a new hyper-threaded architecture, running thousands of "run-to-completion hardware threads" or "cores." It is an industry first to support this many cores. These cores will enable functions such as service isolation and virtualization, which can be used to support multiple high-touch applications simultaneously."
Jan Häglund, Vice President, Head of IP and Broadband Networks, Ericsson, says: "Since 2011, when we first outlined our vision of the fourth generation of IP Networks, we have consistently made investment decisions that ensure our IP portfolio builds networks that not only give consumers an amazing experience, but also ensure profitable growth for our customers in an era of rapidly growing video traffic and Cloud and OTT applications. A common operating system and high-touch packet processing capabilities are incremental steps towards the broader Service Provider SDN architecture that will be a key enabling technology for 4GIP going forward. SNP 4000 sets a new benchmark as it increases the feature velocity by ten times and is twice as energy efficient as available network processors."
Ericsson is participating in the co-located MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, V6 World Congress and SDN Summit 2013 in Paris, running from March 19-22. On March 21, Ericsson and Telstra will present a joint keynote session at the SDN Summit. Visit us at booth 105 for live demonstrations of the SNP 4000 and Service Provider SDN use cases of Virtualized Aggregation Networks and Dynamic Service Chaining.
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MPLS & Ethernet World Congress, V6 World Congress and SDN Summit
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