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Network security: Nokia launches its latest IP routing solution

Nokia presented this Tuesday the FP5, the fifth generation of its range of processors dedicated to network processing. This new generation of high-performance IP processors – which will be available in early 2022 – offers better capacity and efficiency and a new encryption capacity, argues the Scandinavian equipment manufacturer. This new offering is designed for service providers who must meet the higher broadband demands triggered by the health crisis while dealing with soaring threats, including through the unprecedented growth of Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks. .

Nokia’s previous generation IP routing processor, the FP4, offered volumetric DDoS defense with router-based detection and mitigation. The FP5 goes further and introduces an additional layer of network protection with ANYsec – a new throughput-based encryption capability, built right into the chipset, “while delivering a 75% reduction in power consumption and new built-in encryption capabilities, ”argues Nokia management.

As a reminder, network traffic encryption options are generally divided between two standards: MACsec and IPsec. MACsec is processor-based and therefore has low latency for more profitable business models. However, its hop-by-hop architecture introduces risk and latency when applied to IP services such as MPLS and segment routing. As for IPsec, it only takes one hop, but it is slower and more expensive. Nokia’s ANYsec uses a number of MACsec encryption standards while supporting native encryption over MPLS and segment routing. It does so at scale without affecting performance or fuel efficiency, says the Finnish manufacturer’s staff.

More speeds for more fun

Nokia’s fifth generation of high performance IP processors also support the capacity of next generation routers. It supports high-density 800GE ports, while optics to support 800 Gigabit Ethernet are expected to begin to hit the market in the middle of next year. It supports speeds of up to 1.6 Tb / s, although standards have yet to be set for anything above 800GE.

When it comes to efficiency, Nokia’s FP5 network processors reduce power consumption per bit by 75%. They are backward compatible with the FP4 and fully integrated into the latest versions of the Nokia Service Router (SR OS) operating system. “As a fully programmable processor, the FP5 provides the agility required to evolve the network as standards and applications change. Its deterministic performance, combined with the wealth of telemetry information, guarantees operators an IP network that is easy to maintain and upgrade, ”argues Nokia management.

Something to satisfy the management of Orange, a long-standing partner of Nokia. “As our network continues to evolve to meet the demands of our customers, innovations such as Nokia’s FP5 processor will allow us to have the best balance between capacity, maintainability and security, to deliver the best experience. customer. The introduction of this promising innovation in existing platforms will ensure that we will be able to develop our networks and manage planned and unplanned requests in a sustainable manner ”, explains Christian Gacon, vice-president of broadband networks at the incumbent operator.

 
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