Wedge Networks and Spirent Communications jointly demonstrate that NFV-based functionality can be embedded into cloud networks as virtual services – and that those services can exhibit the performance, predictability, scalability and elasticity required by commercial operators and enterprise customers today.
The test validates the ability of WedgeOS and Wedge NFV-S – the underlying security service engine of Cloud Network Defense (CND) – to identify and block identified content in an OpenStack-based cloud environment. Using Spirent Avalanche to generate stateful traffic and malicious attacks, WedgeOS™ will block malicious content based on configured policies. Spirent Velocity will orchestrate the test environment while using Spirent iTest to automate the test cases.
The demo also showcases the OpenCloud Reference Architecture recently released by OpenCloud Connect, an industry association focused on creating cloud service standards. OpenCloud Connect (formerly known as the CloudEthernet Forum) has also developed the OpenCloud Project, an open test bed for validating end-to-end interoperability for cloud, datacenter and network services.
Dr. Hongwen Zhang, CEO of Wedge Networks, said: "Today's network is a cloud-connected network, and cloud-connected networks require a different vision of security than traditional networks. Because NFV-S embeds security into the data plane of network, you now have security applied inherently as a characteristic of the network. Therefore, users don't have to suffer the same security issues as in the old network model with traditional security implemented on the end point itself or at the network perimeter. "
Scott Parcel, Spirent VP of Products, said: "This demonstration shows that the performance of NFV solutions can scale elastically to handle traffic growth and spikes. Customers migrating to virtual networks from physical network devices need to see this adaptability in order to have confidence in deploying NFV services."