Network Functions Virtualization

With the increasing complexity of high-speed networks, the number of devices necessary to run those networks is increasing as well: firewalls, routers, WAN optimizers, VPNs, SSL terminators and visibility and security tools. Making all these devices hardware-based means cost inefficiency and inflexibility. The solution of the future is to run these functions in software: network functions virtualization.


Hardware leverages performance at the cost of flexibility. The change of any device requires a change of hardware as well. This represents a very costly operation, rendering hardware-centric solutions inflexible. Software leverages flexibility at the cost of performance. However, it is not a trivial task for an off-the-shelf CPU to process every piece of data at the speed of today’s networks. This makes software-centric solutions slow and inferior in terms of performance.

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The middle way is to use off-the-shelf CPUs together with hardware accelerators. Netcope offers a variety of accelerators in the form of FPGA-based NICs. Combined with a commodity server, these can be reprogrammed for any application needed while achieving high performance thanks to hardware acceleration of data plane processing. Read more about specialized firmware functions offered by Netcope that can help your solution achieve the desired acceleration.

Netcope FPGA offer:

  • High flexibility achieved through programmability

  • Hardware acceleration of data plane processing

  • ​Accelerated firmware development through P4 to VHDL. For more information, visit our P4 product page.

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