Rackmount appliance targets enterprise applications
Advantech, in close collaboration with Cavium Networks, announced the commercial availability of the Packetarium NCP-3120 1U rackmount appliance featuring the 6-core Octeon II CN6335 from Cavium. The design of a ruggedized variant, the NCP-3105 has also been announced and targets more specifically core and wireless network elements such as Radio Network Controllers and eNodeB/Basestations.
Advantech’s network processor system design reportedly brings OEM-ready platforms for mainstream, high-volume enterprise routing, unified threat management (UTM) appliances, enterprise and service provider gateways. The Packetarium NCP-3120 based on the 6-core Cavium Octeon II CN6335, brings enhanced scalability to customers deploying the Packetarium range, according to Advantech. Network Processor Boards used in number in the high-end Packetarium systems integrate seamlessly into the 1U platforms to facilitate software re-use and allow OEM’s to market entry level variants for cost-sensitive higher volume deployment. The system is designed with flexibility in mind and offers a range of replaceable front I/O cards for GbE and 10 GbE connectivity as well as a standard PCIe x8 card expansion slot. With the accelerated packet, security, deep packet inspection (DPI) processing and wireless capabilities of the Octeon II, the NCP-3120 allegedly meets a wide range of UTM connectivity and bandwidth requirements. It also supports up to eight 2.5” SATA-2 Solid State Disks for data caching or database applications.
The Packetarium NCP-3105 integrates the CN6335-AAP Application Acceleration Processor version into a 1U rackmount form factor providing multi-port gigabit Ethernet packet processing for Radio Access Network elements. The new NCP-3105 system targets core network elements with support for redundant -48 Vdc input, extended temperature range and an overall design made for deployment in NEBS Level 3 environments. Further ruggedization options are available with -20 to 60°C extended temperature versions catering for remote radio access network elements. With a reduced depth of 10 in. the NCP-3105 supports mounting in 300 mm shallow telecom racks or back-to-back mounting in standard 600 mm racks for optimum use of space. Ethernet connections are made via four RJ-45 GbE ports with metallic bypass as default. Four SFP GbE ports are activitated when connected.
The system reportedly makes full use of industry-leading network acceleration functions within the Octeon II and provides optional IEEE 1588v2 support to enable time and clock synchronization over Ethernet of network elements in the all-IP RAN or Evolved Packet Core such as eNodeBs or Radio Network Controllers.