Network Service
Delivery Controller

One Convergence Network Services Delivery (NSD) is a software based platform that enables orchestration, lifecycle management and service assurance of L3-L7 network services for various cloud and network platforms that includes OpenStack Neutron and Cisco ACI. NSD’s innovative policy driven approach for network service automation and orchestration not only enables rich differentiated services comprising of open source & vendor services but also offers choices for insertion models and service chains.

NSD significantly enhances what is available in OpenStack FWaaS, LBaaS and other *aaS with support for vendor specific features, licensing, high availability, service chaining and common way to orchestrate & configure a diverse set of network services. The solution includes built in analytics and visibility that provides great insight into deployed network services and applications it front-ends. Further NSD adapts network services to any changes in applications or network that they front-end.

Network Service Delivery Controller

Benefits

  • L3-L7 Lifecycle Management
    • Service assurance / highavailability
    • Uniform/common model for orchestrating/configuring network services
    • Seamless support for VMs and containers
  • Flexible deployment model
    • Group-Based Policy(GBP)
    • NeutronML2 Plugin and *aaS APIs
  • Richdifferentiated service offering
    • Multi-vendor network services
    • Open-source network services
    • Support for Tap, transparent L-2, & L-3 Service chains
  • Complete automation of all (L3-L7) of networking
  • Simplicity for end user application deployment
  • Advanced operational visibility and analytics

Flexible Network Fabric

NSD solution can be deployed with OpenStackNeutron, Cisco ACI and other network
fabrics / SDN controllers

Service Overlays

Intent Policy
Intent Policy
Life Cycle
Lifecycle
Chaining
Chaining
24/7
Availibility
Scaling
Scaling
Acceleration
Acceleration
Network Overlay

Use Cases

Managed Service Provider

Managed Service Providers (MSPs) enabled to offer enterprise grade IaaS platform with the availability of the following functionality:

  • Complete automation of all layers of networking
  • Rich set of network services provided to the tenants
  • New revenue models by offering flexible and dynamicnetwork services

Enterprise IT

The solution offers the following functionality for Enterprise IT operators, providing cloud infrastructure for application owners in various business groups:

  • Flexibility and agility in deploying virtual network services
  • Simplicity of definition via intent policy for the application owners
  • Assurance of network services
  • Best of breed network services and availability of vendor specific features

Managed Network Services Cloud

Cloud operators can now compose rich network services and offer them as a cloud service. New business models to support "bring your own device" (BYOD) via dynamic insertion of customer provided network services over the base set provided by cloud operators.

Application Visibility As A Service

Operational visibility and analytics provided across all layers of networking can be offered as a service to tenants. This not only allows for customer specific visibility into networks and network services but also into the customer applications.

Features

Network Service Delivery platform extensive feature set allows cloud operators tomanage & orchestrate L3- L7 network services in OpenStackclouds.Using NSD lifecycle management, service assuranceand visibility/ monitoring features operators can provide highly available rich differentiated network services offering to their customers.

Lifecycle Management

  • Orchestration
    • VMs, Containers
  • License management
  • Image management
  • Service upgrade
  • Instancemanagement
    • Scheduling, Migration

Network Services

  • Open source services
    • VyOS VPN & firewall, HAProxy
  • Vendor services
    • Cisco,F5, Check Point
  • Service assurance
    • High availibility
  • Service monitoring

Configuration Management

  • OpenStack APIs
    • LBaaS, FWaaS,VPNaaS
  • Intent Policy
  • Custom configuration
  • Vendor specific features
  • Automation support
    • Heat

Operational Tools & Anaylitics

  • Operational analytics
    • Logging & Reporting
    • Statistics
  • Debug tools

Network Fabrics

  • OpenStack Neturon
  • Cisco APIC

Architecture

Network Service Delivery (NSD) platform unique architecture applies the SDN principles of separation of control, management and data planes to the deployment of L3-L7 network services. The architecture is distributed at the control and data plane to support the hyper-scale cloud use cases of Enterprise private clouds, Managed Service provider clouds and Service provider clouds.

The platform implements a pluggable architecture to provide life cycle management and configuration of network services in a manner agnostic to the deployed network services. The platform allows multiple vendor network services to be chained and managed allowing operators to offer rich and flexible network services with no vendor lock-in. The platform supports the community driven intent policy model (GBP) that vastly simplifies networking and network services deployment and operations for operators and end users.

The platform will be made available as an open source project allowing community participation and innovation. Further the platform is architected to be extensible to support multiple network and cloud fabrics under a common API model thus simplifying the operator dilemma of vendor lock-in, hybrid environments and migration.

Network Architecture

The NSD and its open source component follows these architectural guidelines to provide a robust network service framework for enterprise and service provider clouds

  • Simplicity
  • Intent Policy
  • Automation
  • Vendor Agnostic
  • Open Source
  • Commercial
  • Assurance
  • Controller
  • Network Services
  • Visibility
  • Lifecycle Visibility
  • Service Visibility
  • Network Agnostic
  • Neutron
  • Group Based Policy
  • Adaptibility
  • Address Derivation
  • Endpoint Discovery
  • Open Source
  • Group Based Policy
  • OpenStack

Fabrics

Cisco ACI

The joint solution of One Convergence Network Service Delivery (NSD) and Cisco ACI allows for high level of automation of all layers of the networking stack and enables enterprises and service providers to roll out rich set of network services at scale in OpenStack cloud deployments. The solution can support OpenStack deployment with Neutron API / ML2 or with declarative intent based Group-Based Policy.

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OpenStack

The One Convergence Network Service Delivery (NSD) platform delivers next generation technologies to address the demands of the OpenStack cloud operators by providing innovations in automation and orchestration of rich network services operating at scale and reliability.

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One Convergence
Network Overlay

One Convergence can enable Network Overlays to go along with Service Overlays to provide a complete network overlay and service delivery solution for OpenStack cloud deployments. Network Overlays are driven by a intent based policy model and together with the Service Delivery Controller, One Convergence provides a comprehensive L2-L7 networking solution that enables automation, self-service and agile deployment.

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