Qosmos Announces SAM, Market’s First DPI Module for vSwitch, as the Foundation for Service-Aware Networks Based on SDN

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Summary: Qosmos portfolio has been extended with a new DPI module, the Qosmos Service Aware Module (SAM), which adds service awareness to virtual switches. Suppliers of equipment, platforms, middleware, and software can now leverage this ready-to-use building block to rapidly build application-aware solutions for service providers, datacenters and enterprises.

Paris, France, 18 February 2014Qosmos, the market leader in embedded Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) and network intelligence technology for use in physical, virtualized and in Software Defined Networking (SDN) architectures, today announced the new Qosmos Service Aware Module (SAM), which adds intelligence and service awareness to virtual switches. Virtual switch developers benefit from rapid time-to-market for solutions requiring built-in application intelligence, while telcos and enterprises profit from optimized network services and reduced infrastructure costs.

The virtual switch (or vSwitch) plays a critical role in next generation data center networks. It is a software application that allows virtual machines (VMs) to communicate with each other and with the physical network.  

Qosmos SAM™ is integrated with a vSwitch to provide detailed, real-time traffic intelligence and enable service-awareness at the infrastructure level. It is based on Qosmos’ flagship product ixEngine, which is already established as the de facto industry-standard DPI engine for developers of telecoms and enterprise solutions. The new module classifies flows at the hypervisor level and the resulting protocol information and metadata are either used directly by the virtual switch or passed on to guest applications.

In telecom environments, the Qosmos SAM for vSwitch can be used to build solutions optimizing service chaining in operators networks. In this case, the SAM is used as a service classifier relying on a packet tagging process to convey application identification and metadata; this enables the vSwitch to intelligently steer traffic to optimize the number and sequence (chain) of service functions. The benefits for operators include savings due to consolidation of DPI technology and consistent application intelligence for all services.

In data center environments, due to unpredictable traffic between application Virtual Machines (VMs), service providers typically have to over-dimension systems to ensure dynamic resource allocation and to deal with traffic peaks. This results in a sub-optimal distribution of VMs across available physical servers. Qosmos SAMs placed in each host drastically improve the orchestrator’s ability to understand application traffic in real time and thereby to optimize VM placement: consolidate VMs with similar contexts onto a single host, anticipate needs for scaling, and improve quality of service with e.g. preventive redundancy.

Qosmos SAM™ conveys real-time layer 4-7 intelligence via an open API designed to enable short development cycles. Qosmos is working with leading switch vendors and the open source community to drive innovation while ensuring API compatibility and improving performance.

As a first implementation, Qosmos SAM™ integrated with the Intel® DPDK vSwitch will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on the Intel booth: Hall 3, 3D30.

Qosmos SAM™ for vSwitch is available for pilot projects from Q1 2014 and will be commercially available from H2 2014.
For more information, see: https://www.qosmos.com/products/dpi-module-for-vswitch/

Thibaut Bechetoille, CEO: “Developers in the networking industry are looking to use more standardized components to embedded application intelligence. Qosmos SAM™ for vSwitch has the right form factor and makes it easy to add service-awareness in new products for SDN and NFV.”

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 service awareness is critical, such as traffic optimization, policy management, quality of experience, analytics, cyber security and more. Qosmos software development kit and soft 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 embedded Network Intelligence software, Qosmos is the leading independent OEM provider on the market today, serving more than 60 companies worldwide. Based in Paris, Qosmos has offices in the Silicon Valley, Singapore and London.

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