October 12, 2016 (Cambridge, MA), – Brain4Net, Inc., an innovative SDN/NFV solution vendor, today announced that it had been shortlisted among three technology leaders in “Low latency in a virtualized network infrastructure” category of Verizon and Intel Network Builders Innovation Challenge Contest. At next and final phase of the Contest company will demonstrate its SDN/NFV solution for low latency network optimization integrated in the Verizon Network Visionaries Lab in Waltham, MA.

The goal of Verizon & Intel Network Builders Innovation Challenge is to stimulate innovation in SDN and NFV solutions, built on solutions that contain Intel ingredient technologies that enhance the customer experience on Verizon’s network. All finalists are members of the Intel Network Builders program.

Brain4Net  became a finalist in “Low-latency in a virtualized network infrastructure” category of the Contest with comprehensive SDN/NFV based solution that achieves low-latency in virtual networks through:

  • Well-designed architecture to build resilient and fault-tolerant network fabrics based on OpenFlow and bare-metal hardware that allows CSP to extend Metro Networks to Telco DC, forming the unified SDN-based transport from Customer UNIs to VMs located in Datacenter.

Brain4Net proposed B4N Service Platform as management & orchestration system for Metro Network, Data Center Network Fabric (including virtual switches) and VNF & End-to-End Service lifecycle management. The Platform creates a resilient and fault-tolerant Unified SDN Fabric comprised of physical network elements [e.g. bare-metal switches in Metro Access/Aggregation Network and DC network fabric] and virtual switches in OpenStack environment. This approach enables CSPs to build service-oriented network architecture that provides assured Customer traffic delivery from Access network to NFV environment and tightly integrate Metro-services with value added VNFs.

  • OpenStack improvements to achieve carrier-grade networking:
    • Multi-platform OpenFlow-agent (e.g. OF-Agent for bare-metal switches or vSwitch for x86) to reduce virtual network latency of OpenStack networking and enable OpenFlow on bare-metal switches to provide network services built for CSPs.
    • Networking enhancements for OpenStack introduced by Brain4Net.

Each component of B4N Service Platform including B4N Orchestrator, B4N Controller, VNF Manager and B4N SwitchOS meets Verizon Reference Architecture.

«We are proud to be shortlisted among Verizon and Network Builders Innovation Challenge finalists and move SDN and NFV innovation forward by leveraging an initiative of recognized technology leaders,” – said Oleg Schapov, CEO and Founder of Brain4Net, inc. – «Our solution allows CSPs to significantly decrease virtual network latency through utilizing B4N Service Platform technology advantages and Intel enhancements for virtualized environments. We look forward to final solution implementation stage at Verizon Network Visionaries Lab and its demonstration to esteemed judges».

The grand prize winners of each category will be announced at the Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with Carrier Network Virtualization in Palo Alto, CA, December 5. Grand prize winners will be awarded $25,000 in market development funds to apply to their co-marketing plans with Intel.

About Brain4Net, inc.

Established in March 2015, Brain4Net stands out as a genuine SDN/NFV software vendor with broad technology partners ecosystem. The company doesn’t produce or resell hardware equipment and prefer to provide Customer with a freedom of hardware choice from Brain4Net’s compatible equipment list under its technology requirements and business goals.

As a foundation of B4N Service Platform (the company’s flagship product), Brain4Net has developed well-engineered mechanisms for creation and management of Ethernet Virtual Circuits (EVCs) based on OpenFlow. Brain4Net aims to improve OpenFlow support on bare-metal switches and adapt ASIC pipelines to CSP’s requirements for network services, resiliency, and fault tolerance through close collaboration with Network Equipment Providers. Broadcom StrataXGS and Mellanox Spectrum ASICs, EZchip NPU and x86 architectures are supported.

Moving Telco industry and open source communities forward, Brain4Net is an active member of MEF, ONF, OPNFV, Intel Network Builders, Open Compute Project, Telecom Infra Project. Through co-leadership at MEF OpenCS NFV group, Brain4Net actively shares the expertise of OpenFlow-based CE 2.0 services with MEF community members. The company’s NFV expertise combined with extensive experience in complex services orchestration enhances the Third Network focused work groups.