Use Cases for FD.io


FD.io is a networking technology that can used to build a galaxy of Network Functions. Today it is being used by a several major communication network providers and equipment manufactures to build world-class network functions.


Routers/Universal CPE etc.

FD.io VPP supports entry hardware options from number of hardware vendors
for building Customer Premise Equipment devices. FD.io based commercial options are available from vendors such as Netgate with TNSR, Cisco with the ASR 9000 and Carrier Grade Services Engine and many more.

Commercial implementations integrate Strong Swan for IKE.

The implementations are accelerated with DPDK Cryptodev for whole platform crypto.

Featuring:

Data PlaneControl Plane
L2 SwitchNetconf/Yang
VLAN/ Q-inQBGP
L3 Router
NATIKEv2
ACL (mac, ip, port)
IPSEC


Broadband Network Gateway

FD.io VPP has a growing list of network traffic management and security features to support gateway uses cases such as Broadband Network Gateway.

Featuring:

Data PlaneControl Plane
L2 SwitchNetconf/Yang
L3 RouterBGP
Classification
hQoS
ACL
TM (Policing, Metering)


Cloud Load Balancer

FD.io VPP has a rich set of plugin’s to enhance its capabilities. Cloud load-balancing is just one of number of feature enhancing plugins available to the end user.

For example: Google Maglev Implementation, Consistent Hashing, Stateful and stateless load balancing, Kube-proxy integration.

Featuring:

Data PlaneControl Plane
Bonding
VLAN / Q-in-Q
NATK8s Kube-Proxy
ACL (blacklist)
TM (policing, metering)
L4 Load Balancer


Intrusion Prevention System

FD.io VPP has four different Access Control List technologies; ranging from the simple IP-address whitelisting (called COP) to the sophisticated FD.io VPP Classifiers.

Featuring:

Data PlaneControl Plane
L2 SwitchNetconf/Yang
L3 RouterBGP
Classification
NAT (mac, ip, port)
ACL (mac, ip, port)


Deployment Models

FD.io is being used in Discrete Appliances, Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and for Cloud Native Functions (CNFs) for example:


Discrete Appliances

Netconf & Yang support is provided with Sweetcomb.


Virtual Network Functions

Openstack support is provided with Networking VPP or Open Daylight as your OpenStack Neutron ML2 Driver.


Cloud Network Functions

Kubernetes and Container support is provided with Ligato and Contiv/VPP as your Kubernetes CNI providers.