The combination of rapidly growing data traffic on both wireless and fixed line networks and relatively slow growth in revenue has forced service providers to optimize network performance using policy enforcement systems in both mobile and fixed line networks. Policy enforcement uses deep packet inspection (DPI) to identify applications and traffic flows. At the same time service providers are planning to implement network functions virtualisation (NFV), a new approach that uses virtual platforms to enable a more flexible network for service providers.
In this blog I am going to explore the benefits of using virtual platforms to implement DPI and policy enforcement using software development kits from 6WIND and Qosmos that have been optimized for Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK). 6WIND and Qosmos are Associate members of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance. The 250-plus members of the Alliance collaborate closely with Intel to create hardware, software, tools, and services to help speed intelligent systems to market.