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Advantech and Versa Networks Team Up on High-end SD-WAN Solutions

19/11/2019
  • Based on Advantech FWA-5070 platform, a verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE boosted by 2nd Gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processors
  • Fully validated, pre-integrated and ready to deploy with VERSA FlexVNF
  • Just-in-time integration flexibility helps streamline hardware supply chain costs
  • Available globally as a fully serviced solution for SD-WAN

TAIPEI, Taiwan, November 19, 2019 – Advantech (TWSE: 2395.TW), a global appliance and server solution provider for network security and SD-WAN, today announced a new addition to its portfolio of appliances qualified by Versa Networks. The FWA-5070, a verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE, is now supported by VERSA FlexVNF for high-end SD-WAN deployments. The solution targets large enterprise and cloud gateway installations at the SD-WAN provider’s point-of-presence (PoP) where significantly higher bandwidth and aggregate throughput are required to connect to the major cloud application providers.

With raw data throughput capabilities of up to 220 Gbps (throughput is use-case and traffic dependent), 8 to 28 physical processor cores and specialized security, encryption and compression algorithms accelerated by Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel ® QAT), the FWA-5070 provides the compute headroom required to improve the performance and reliability of networked cloud applications while enabling increased packet processing in network function service chains including security functions such as next-generation firewalls.

In addition, the broad choice of network interfaces available on the FWA-5070 makes it ideal for multi-circuit Internet Service Provider load-balancing and failover while higher processor core counts enable accelerated deep packet inspection and real-time traffic shaping across interfaces for better overall WAN application performance.

“The long-term collaboration between Advantech, VERSA Networks, and a vibrant ecosystem of VNF vendors has enabled service providers and integrators across the globe with the means by which to redefine the Enterprise WAN landscape,” said Sandy Chen, Senior Director, Advantech Cloud-IoT Group. “The ability to scale up seamlessly from customer premise to cloud native instances running on a single codebase is key to deploying a flexible and elastic network.”

“Our new high-end offering for SD-WAN responds to growing service provider requests for modular integrated solutions that scale in step with the latest Intel CPU technology to meet ever increasing processing and throughput demands.” said Atchison Frazer,  Worldwide Head of Marketing, Versa Networks. “By extending our high-end with the new Versa-1800 based on Advantech’s FWA-5070 we are able to exceed over 20 Gbps SD-WAN & NGFW throughput with all encrypted traffic, using IMIX packet distribution. This far exceeds performance numbers over previous generation offerings.”

In addition to the FWA-5070, VERSA FlexVNF is supported on Advantech FWA-1010VC, FWA-1012VC, FWA-1320, FWA-2320, FWA-3260 and FWA-5020 white boxes for wide-scale deployment.

FWA-5070 Overview

The FWA-5070 is single socket design supporting the entire range of 2nd gen Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors.  With a choice of Intel Xeon Scalable processors up to 28 cores, Intel QAT and 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE network interfaces, the FWA-5070 will allow vendors to optimize compute and acceleration for a broad range of desired VNF and application workloads while meeting throughput requirements up to 220 Gbps. The single-socket design with higher core count processor SKUs offers further economies of scale over dual-socket designs at lower power budgets while meeting the workload demand for mid to high-range deployments.


Picture 1. FWA-5070 front view

FlexVNF Overview

Versa FlexVNF is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from the ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chaining capabilities. Highly flexible Versa FlexVNF WAN edge software allows customers to deploy a broad spectrum of software-defined solutions from SD-Routing, SD-Security, SD-WAN and SD-Branch. Regardless of where FlexVNF is deployed (on-premises or in the cloud), all network and security capabilities are provisioned and managed centrally through the Versa Director single-pane-of-management platform.

Related Content

A detailed Intel Select Solutions Brief which includes the FWA-5070 is available at:
www.advantech.com/resources/case-study/advantech-intel-select-solutions-for-ucpe

For more information on the Advantech FWA-5070 verified Intel® Select Solution for uCPE, how to access Remote Evaluation Services for an evaluation, and how to order a platform, please visit:
www.advantech.com/nc/spotlight/Intel-uCPE

For more information on Advantech’s enterprise networking products please visit Advantech’s dedicated micro-site:
www.advantech.com/networks-communications/network-appliance

Advantech Media Contact

Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Cloud-IoT Group
Phone: +33 1 41 19 75 75
E-mail: [email protected]

Versa Networks Media Contact

About Versa Networks

Versa Networks is the innovator of Secure Cloud IP architecture, a next-generation software platform that delivers integrated cloud, networking and security services. Versa’s visionary solution, with an unrivalled depth of features and capabilities, enables enterprises to transition off legacy WANs to achieve business agility, branch modernization, and TCO advantages toward their digital transformation journeys. The company has transacted over 200,000 software licenses through service providers, partners and enterprises globally. Versa Networks is privately held and funded by Sequoia Capital, Mayfield, Artis Ventures, Verizon Ventures, Comcast Ventures and Liberty Global Ventures. For more information, visit https://www.versa-networks.com  or follow Versa Networks on Twitter @versanetworks.

About Advantech

Advantech Cloud-IoT Group helps service providers and enterprises extend network function virtualization from the core to the edge by providing scalable compute platforms that reliably execute virtual network functions anywhere in the network.Our innovative white-box uCPEs for software-defined WAN and white-box servers based on Intel architecture are supported by a vibrant software ecosystem and supply chain, offering key foundational building blocks that accelerate network transformation.  From next generation central offices to edge cloud expansion and IoT, Advantech Clou-IoT Group is enabling the co-creation of products and services that will form the backbone of the new digital economy.