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Leading OEM speeds up time-to-market with pre-integrated capture and DPI

Case Study

Challenge

A leading network OEM needed a packet capture solution that could be seamlessly integrated with their DPI engine, R&S®PACE 2. They were deploying standard servers and wanted to move functionalities from software to hardware – but keen to avoid the added time and cost often inflicted by a system integration.

Solution

Napatech delivered a high-performance and lossless capture solution, based on Napatech SmartNICs, which could be quickly and seamlessly integrated with the PACE 2 DPI engine.

Benefits

This integration limited the risks from the very outset, helping the OEM to curb any uncertainties, significantly reduce development costs and reduce time-to-market.

Industry pain points
Inherently, OEMs face the twofold challenge of accelerating performance while also ensuring a fast time-to-market. And with the continuous data surge and speeds approaching 100G, these challenges are only growing more pronounced. To accommodate client needs, OEMs now need solutions that will allow them to double or even triple capacity on a yearly basis.

In the telecommunications industry, a common and relatively cost-efficient approach to accelerate performance is deploying commercial off the shelf (COTS) servers and moving selected functionality from software to hardware. This frees up CPU resources for the software to focus on the core capabilities, e.g. Quality of Service (QoS) analytics. But it also introduces a number of concerns as companies no longer have the needed engineering resource in-house to develop the hardware nor take on time-consuming integration and development work. OEMs are therefore facing significant uncertainties regarding resource and time-to-market: will the various systems collaborate? How much time and effort will the integration require? What if the hardware fails to deliver as specified?

Client challenge

These were the concerns of a leading network OEM when they approached Napatech for support. To stay competitive, the OEM wanted to focus resources on their core capabilities of developing high-end QoS intelligence rather than building and sustaining the needed technology to accelerate performance. Like most other suppliers in the industry, they were now using COTS servers, but they needed the technology to ensure that all data was delivered quickly and efficiently to their application. This required a high-performance packet capture solution.

The OEM was utilizing the Rohde & Schwarz Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) engine – R&S®PACE 2 to handle the traffic classification and meta data extraction. To avoid any added overhead and frustration caused by a difficult integration process, a decisive factor in their choice of packet capture supplier was the capability to quickly and seamlessly integrate with PACE 2. Already a longtime Rohde & Schwarz partner, Napatech was a natural choice.

Our solution

From previous projects, Napatech’s FPGA-based capture technology had proven fully compatible with PACE 2. The OEM therefore integrated the 100G Napatech SmartNICs, hereby ensuring that absolutely all data packets were delivered to the application, even at 100G. This integration would also ensure that the data was collated in the correct communication streams, which effectively would optimize the overall performance.

Through intelligent load balancing, the Napatech SmartNICs ensured real-time application performance. This was achieved through efficient CPU-utilization, removing bottlenecks in the server, and the OEM could now focus efforts on software processing and ultimately deliver smarter and more efficient QoS analytics to their clients.

Benefits
The plug-and-play integration of PACE 2 and Napatech SmartNICs limited the risks from the very outset, helping the OEM to curb any uncertainties, significantly reduce development costs and step up time-to-market.

Key features

• Zero packet loss at sustained max traffic
• Intelligent load balancing

Added benefits

• Easy & risk-free integration
• Faster time-to-market
• High-quality technical documentation
• Specialist technical support

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