The 128T Networking Platform (128T) is a software-based routing solution that was created to be both session-oriented and service-centric through the application of Secure Vector Routing.
Because it is session-oriented, 128T can natively provide stateful firewall, load balancing and other advanced network capabilities, mitigating the need for expensive stand-alone appliances. Session-orientation also enables the 128T solution to eliminate overlays and tunneling techniques that are prone to overhead, latency, and complexity.
128T is 100% software based, and runs on general-purpose compute platforms, allowing a wide range of deployment models — from remote branch offices to high-capacity network edges to hyper-scale data centers. The 128T Networking Platform will integrate with industry leading hypervisor environments and cloud management systems for deployment in private clouds. The system is also designed to be fully hosted in public clouds.
The 128T Networking Platform is comprised of three building blocks: a session-oriented data plane called the 128T Slice, a services control plane called the 128T Control, and a service-centric management plane known as the 128T Conductor. The combination of one or more 128T Control elements and one or more 128T Slices together form a single, logical 128T Router.
Session-Oriented Data Plane: The 128T Slice (short for “Software Line Card Engine”) is an analog of a physical line card of a chassis-based IP router. 128T Slice software performs high-speed packet forwarding, classification, and security functions, and can operate with its own integrated control plane for complex packet handling decisions.
Services Control Plane: The 128T Control is the centralized network and services control plane for a 128T Router. Functions include creating all IP routing tables, managing service policies, collecting analytics, and configuration management. Through 128T Control, the IP routing information base (RIB) is combined with service policies to create a Services Information Base (SIB) which is distributed to each 128T Slice.
Service Centric Management Plane: The 128T Conductor is a centralized management and policy engine that provides centralized orchestration, administration, monitoring and analytics for distributed 128T Routers. The 128T Conductor maintains a network-wide, multi-tenant services and policy data model which is exposed via northbound APIs and distributed to 128T Routers. The 128T Conductor automates and accelerates the deployment of new sites, new services and new business policies through zero-touch provisioning and automated location-independent policy distribution.
Session-oriented networks open the door for the consolidation of stand-alone network services by making them inherent routing capabilities. Rather than “bolting-on” or “integrating” functions such as firewalls, load balancers and WAN optimizers as independent modules, the 128T Networking Platform performs these services natively as part of its routing paradigm. This results in more simple, flexible and cost effective deployments.
Network Functions Don’t Need to be Standalone:
The 128T Networking Platform enables delivery of applications and services across multiple networks – including address domains, security zones, firewalls, and private-public boundaries. Our ability to federate and segment services, tenancy, and policy information allows the creation of true end-to-end network services – without the need for complex “stitching” techniques or overwrought orchestration schemes. The result? Greater simplicity, more flexible deployments, and a significantly expanded service reach.
Service Oriented Networking:
Overlay networks – MPLS, IPsec, VxLAN, GRE, and others – were created to deliver deterministic routing, network virtualization and segmentation to stateless IP networks. They also create significant complexity, overhead, fragmentation issues, scaling challenges and increase operational costs. The 128T Networking Platform eliminates the complexity of overlays, tunnels, and out-of-band routing protocols with a far-simpler, more effective model based on in-band signaling, native security, a federated services control plane, and multi-tenant policy management.
Overlay Networks = Complexity:
It is clear that network security needs to move to a Zero Trust Security (ZTS) model, where no user, traffic source or connected network gets a free pass. The 128T Networking Platform infuses ZTS throughout the network by using adaptive encryption, hop-by-hop authentication and access control, firewall and denial-of-service protection at every node, and the automation of service-centric security policies. 128 Technology’s ZTS model not only means improved security, but more transparency and easier network operations.
Zero Trust Security Must be Everywhere:
The 128T solution can transform existing networks into innovation engines by making them dramatically simpler, smarter, and more secure.
Greater Agility: The 128T Networking Platform enables networks to be more responsive and resilient in the face of changing conditions by using fine-grained session control and a location independent policy model. Zero-touch deployment can rapidly occur across a large number of sites, thanks to centralized orchestration and automation capabilities. Service routes and policies are expressed in the language of applications and business, making them easier to implement and manage.
Disruptive Economics: By simplifying network architectures and providing multiple network functions natively, centralizing network operations and automating service-based policies, the 128T Networking Platform offers significant operational and capital expense savings. 128 Technology’s WAN solutions offer 50% or greater reductions in bandwidth and connectivity costs by offloading traffic from expensive MPLS links to lower-cost alternatives such as broadband and LTE. What’s more, the 128T Networking Platform’s success-based subscription pricing model can deliver up to a 90% lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) than competing solutions.
Optimized Networks and Application Delivery: Network operators can realize significant cost savings by optimizing overall network utilization through stateful session control, session-based policing and intelligent, dynamic routing. Optimized path utilization can be assured across not only equal cost, but multi-cost pathways, via service-centric policy-based routing. Application delivery is optimized natively through QoS aware traffic steering and a rich set of session-based link optimization and load balancing options.