Freescale, Broadcom Offer SDN Solutions for Chips
The vendors are looking to make it easier for system makers and end users to deploy OpenFlow-based SDN solutions on their silicon.Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom are unveiling new software and interfaces designed to make it easier for organizations to make the move to software-defined networks. The two companies announced their respective offerings March 3 on the first day of the Open Networking Summit 2014 in Santa Clara, Calif. The products look to enable businesses to leverage the vendors' silicon and software and the latest OpenFlow protocols to adopt software-defined networking (SDN) to make their infrastructures more programmable and flexible. SDN and close relative network-function virtualization (NFV) promise to create networks that are more dynamic, automated and cost-effective by moving network intelligence and services from complex and expensive physical switches and routers and putting them into software that runs atop the underlying hardware. Chip makers like Freescale, Broadcom and Intel are bringing interface and software capabilities to their silicon to enable system makers and end users to leverage the chips in their SDN efforts. Freescale is rolling out its VortiQa SDN solutions, which include the VortiQa open network director and switch software that is optimized to run on the company's QorlQ multicore communications chips.
The solution also includes data plane software that is preintegrated with commercial-grade OpenFlow to help system makers develop solutions for SDN environments. It gives the OEMs and original design manufacturers (ODMs) the building blocks they need to create such networking gear as routers and gateways that run on Freescale technology and are compatible with OpenFlow 1.3 and can fit into SDN infrastructures.