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Ethernity ENET vRouter Aimed at a Programmable Network Bottleneck

February 01, 2019 / Carl Weinschenk

Software-defined networking (SDN) promises to transform equipment ecosystems, increase flexibility and network responsiveness, and reduce costs. A key to achieving all of this is moving from purpose built to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) gear. This is increasingly challenging, however, as network traffic accelerates. This week, Ethernity Networks addressed this issue with the introduction of its ENET vRouter, a programmable network appliance that enables 100 Gb/s (100G) routing. The platform divides the two flows – the control layer and the data layer – and handles them in a way that makes sense for each. The platform consists of the vRouter software and ACE-NIC1000 FPGA SmartNIC in the COTS server. “Looking at the business case, it allows network and data center operators to install next-generation software-based routers with no costly investments in new hardware,” Lior Mishan, head of marketing for Ethernity Networks, told SDxCentral in an email. “It i...