Network service providers and operators can serve many more customers with better throughput, lower TCO using Benu Networks’ vBNG with FPGA-based VNF acceleration

Network service providers and network operators perpetually face the challenge of reducing the costs associated with service delivery while also finding cost-effective ways to expand into new markets and serve an ever-growing number of subscribers while tailoring these services on a per-subscriber basis. Meeting these challenges requires a different approach and Benu Networks’ different approach relies heavily upon virtual network functions (VNFs) coupled with FPGA-based hardware acceleration of those VNFs. Benu Networks’ virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) with FPGA-based hardware acceleration from Intel allows network service providers and network operators to offer more services to many more subscribers, with more flexibility, and at lower TCO than is possible with dedicated network appliances.

The Benu vBNG coupled with an Intel® Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) N3000 can implement a wide range of VNFs such as:

 

  • Traffic Detection Function (TDF)
  • Deep Packet Inspection (DPI)
  • Carrier-Grade Network Address Translation (CGNAT)
  • Security Gateway (SG)
  • Broadband Network Gateway (BNG)

 

Because the FPGA in the Intel PAC N3000 card is programmable, Benu Networks can easily add new VNFs and adapt existing ones to the latest networking standards as these standards become available.

The vBNG with FPGA-based acceleration allows Benu Networks to deliver more network throughput at lower cost by dynamically offloading selected networking functions to FPGA hardware in the Intel Programmable Acceleration Card (PAC) N3000. This solution delivers more networking performance with much greater flexibility and easy field programmability while reducing TCO by consuming less rack space and lowering power consumption, which also cuts cooling costs.

Network operators and service providers realize several significant benefits when they adopt the Benu Networks vBNG:

 

  • They can eliminate their dependence on legacy equipment while leveraging the vBNG’s intelligent, FPGA-accelerated data plane to virtualize services and simplify processes.
  • Networks performance improves significantly, with unmatched capacity to serve more subscribers per box.
  • The vBNG accommodates both current and future customer demand and the Intel PAC N3000 allows for easy, rapid field programmability.
  • The vBNG lowers TCO and provides operators with the ability to swiftly implement new revenue streams through new services, which helps operators realize a fast ROI.

 

A new Intel Solution Brief titled “Improving Consumer Experience with vBNG Solutions from Intel and Benu Networks” provides many more details and far more information about the Benu Networks vBNG with FPGA-based hardware acceleration.

 

 

 

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