Qosmos Announces Demo of World’s First Virtual Switch with Embedded DPI

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Summary: Demo shows the integration of Qosmos® ixEngine® with the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit Accelerated Open vSwitch, making it the first virtual switch with the built-in application intelligence required for service-aware networking. Virtual switch developers benefit from rapid time-to-market while telcos and enterprises profit from integrated intelligence to optimize network services.

Paris, France, 10 September 2013 – Qosmos, a market leader in embedded Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and network intelligence technology, today announced that it will show a live demo of the world’s first virtual switch with embedded DPI at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in San Francisco, USA, 10 – 12 September. This is the first demonstration of a virtual switch with the built-in application intelligence required for tomorrow’s service-aware networking.

The demo features Qosmos ixEngine® integrated with the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK) vSwitch, where Intel® DPDK ensures high packet processing performance and Qosmos provides application intelligence on Intel Architecture. The objective is to create a cost-effective software-based networking platform that enables network equipment providers with more advanced traffic steering, monitoring and QoS features in virtual networks as well as optimized service chaining for the telco, enterprise and datacenter markets.

“As the inventor and leader of the embedded DPI and Network Intelligence market, Qosmos plays a decisive role in the future of networking,” said Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO at Qosmos.”

“The Intel® DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch enables networking TEMs, OEMs and ISVs to maximize packet processing throughput performance of the Open vSwitch running on commercial server hardware for Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) workloads”, said René Torres, Intel Director of Marketing SDN & NFV. “The Qosmos ixEngine adds the DPI intelligence and solution scalability needed for service-awareness across Telecom, Cloud and Enterprise networks.”

SDN and NFV will have a fundamental impact on how networks and services are conceived and operated. Network operators deploying SDN and NFV-based networks can take advantage of the network intelligence delivered by DPI to offer new services and better manage bandwidth. DPI also gives operators more control over their networks by helping them identify and supervise the wide range of services and applications they carry. This is achievable with computing and DPI technologies from Intel and Qosmos, respectively, who have developed a reference platform designed to accelerate the development of networking equipment supporting SDN and NFV.

The technical implementation: DPI in Open vSwitch
When developing software for switches – physical or virtual – one option is to deploy Open vSwitch, a production quality, multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license. Open vSwitch can operate both as a soft switch running within the hypervisor or as the control stack for switching silicon. Qosmos ixEngine gives Open vSwitch the visibility to:

  • East-West traffic for virtual IP communications
  • North-South traffic for communications with the physical network
  • the App ID and metadata from traffic flows

Included in the demo is a reference implementation of the Qosmos ixEngine integrated in the Intel® DPDK Accelerated Open vSwitch which is compatible with all Intel® Architecture-based hardware platforms. Qosmos shares a flow table with the Intel DPDK and feeds App ID and metadata to networking applications for each traffic flow.

More info:

  • IDF San Francisco, USA, 10 – 12 September 2013: demo on the Qosmos booth in the Intel® Software Defined Infrastructure (SDI) Community
  • SDN & NFV section on Qosmos.com

About Qosmos
Qosmos turns networks into information sources, making them application- and service-aware. The company’s award-winning Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and Layer 7 Network Intelligence (NI) technologies recognize thousands of communication protocols and metadata attributes, creating an essential information layer that gives the most accurate picture of real-time data activity on networks.

Market-leading equipment makers, specialized software vendors and cloud service providers embed Qosmos in telco and enterprise solutions where real-time Layer 7 intelligence is critical, such as traffic optimization, policy management, quality of experience, analytics, firewalls, cyber defense and more. Qosmos software development kit and probes can be used in all environments – physical, virtualized and in SDN architectures – to accelerate time to market and ensure continuous signature updates.

A pioneer in Network Intelligence based on DPI, Qosmos is the leading independent OEM provider on the market today, serving more than 50 companies worldwide. Based in Paris, Qosmos has offices in Silicon Valley, Singapore and London. For more information, please visit www.qosmos.com.

Qosmos Media Contact

Madeleine Renouard
Marketing Communications Manager