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ProgrammableFlow Networking

Introduced in 2011, and installed in production networks around the world, NEC ProgrammableFlow® Networking Suite was the first commercially available Software-Defined Network (SDN) solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling full network virtualization and allowing enterprises, data centers and service providers to easily deploy, control, monitor and manage secure multi-tenant network infrastructure.

ProgrammableFlow SDN automates and simplifies network administration for greater business agility, and provides a network-wide programmable interface for unifying the deployment and management of network services with the rest of IT infrastructure. This open network architecture separates the network control plane from the data plane – centralizing and streamlining network administration.

The ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite enables better utilization of all IT assets for ongoing investment protection as customers add functionality or upgrade their networks.   With its SDN offering, ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite, NEC offers a simple solution for complex networks.

NEC’s ProgrammableFlow SDN networking solution is:

Simple – Centralizes and automates control of the network, eliminating fragile and complex protocols and the manual, error-prone processes inherent to conventional networks.
Fast – Provides highly resilient Layer 2 and Layer 3 multipath networks that support network interfaces up to 1 terabit.  ProgrammableFlow’s distributed virtual routing function eliminates the bottlenecks associated with traditional network design, providing line rate optimal traffic forwarding throughout the network.
Open – Supports both OpenFlow 1.3 and 1.0 standards, and was the first to be certified by the Open Networking Foundation, acknowledging NEC’s commitment to open standards.
Secure – NEC’s Virtual Tenant Network (VTN) technology enables isolated and secure virtual networks.  Each VTN has its own network policy, eliminating complexity and trade-offs in traditional network security design.

NEC ProgrammableFlow Family of Products

Solution Function
UNIVERGE® PF6800 Network Coordinator NEC's UNIVERGE PF6800 Network Coordinator (UNC) enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data center as well as across interconnects between data centers.
PF6800 SDN Controller Award-winning, network-wide virtualization and application-aware networking.  Providing a single point of control and management for both virtual and physical networks, and integrated with OpenStack and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager for streamlined, flexible network management and orchestration.   Programmable, standardized, north and south APIs offer a best of breed open solution for the future.
PFTAP Controller Simplifies network traffic assemblage, filtration and visibility through automated aggregation of packet flows on the network using OpenFlow-based Network Fabric.
ProgrammableFlow User Interface Provides centralized control, management and monitoring for both physical and logical networks.
PF1000 Virtual Switch Virtual switch provides OpenFlow-based Software-Defined Networking (SDN) network virtualization in a Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V environment. With the ProgrammableFlow Controller, provides centralized control and automation of both physical and virtual networks, and now fully integrated with System Center Virtual Machine Manager, enabling unique consolidation and management of all virtualized resources and open networking to Microsoft Windows environments.
PF5240 Switch Award-Winning High Performance – A powerful, hybrid, multi-layer switch. It can integrate into a legacy environment, or this switch can function fully with OpenFlow-enabled benefits behind NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller.
PF5248 Switch This hybrid switch is a high-speed enhancement to NEC award-winning OpenFlow network suite with high throughput, low latency, lower OpEx with less power required and a compact footprint, greater scale-out.
PF5820 Switch Deployed together with the NEC ProgrammableFlow Controller, the PF5820 delivers extensive network virtualization, multipath, security, and programmability capabilities.  The PF5820 provides 1.2 Terabits per Second (1280Gbps) non-blocking bidirectional throughput in a 1U form factor.