Software Definable Network-Appliances™

Software Definable Network Appliances™ (SDN-A™) are highly portable, robust, software programable communications solutions enabling access to secure, classified voice, data, and video services over a multitude of commercial network technologies (Ethernet, Wi-Fi, Cellular, MANET, Satcom, etc.) from even the most remote locations.

They offer the performance of commercial enterprise-class rack-mount devices but do so in small ruggedized form factors that are durable enough to withstand the rigors of mobile and portable use.

Virtualization

SDN-As are software vendor-agnostic as they are entirely software programable. You can configure them to run whatever IP networking or application virtual machine(s) you require. So, a single hardware appliance can fill the role of several networking appliances (router, firewall, etc.) based on the software loaded.

Additionally, SDN-As can run most software-based IP networking virtual machines (VMs) AND application virtual machine technologies. They have enough processing power, memory, and storage to run multiple virtual machines on a single piece of hardware, significantly reducing the overall size, weight, power consumption, and cost of deployable communications solutions.

Future Proof

SDN-As are available in many form factors, from small low-power embeddable modules to 1U and 2U rack-mount appliances, and every size in between. In addition to supporting today’s software-based IP networking technologies, all SDN-As have enough processing power and performance for impending 5G use cases and beyond.

SDN-A™ ULTRA LITE

The SDN-A ULTRA LITE is pocket-sized, built rugged, and weighs less than one pound. It targets applications requiring a small SDN-A(s) that offers IP routing, switching, other virtualized networking functions, and the ability to run small Linux or Windows Server virtual machines (simultaneously). These applications include robotics, drones, unmanned vehicles, wearables, and NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) applications.

The ULTRA LITE’s aluminum IP67 rated enclosure features a single high-density connector that offers complete flexibility of interfaces that you can tailor for specific applications. Custom wire harnesses are available to meet any use case requirements, including tailor-made length, input/output signals, gender, etc. The device also offers multiple mounting points, in support of various worn and mounted applications.

  • Intel E3800 or 3900 processors
  • 5 Gigabit Ethernet
  • IP67 rated
  • Single 100 pin sealed connector contains all signal and power connections
  • Wide range 9~36VDC power input

SDN-A™ MICRO

This small, semi-rugged form factor SDN-A has the processing power to host multiple application servers and networking function virtual machines simultaneously. Even with its highest performing processor option, it consumes less than 50 watts of power yet can perform VPN tunneling at greater than 3Gbps!

– Intel i7 2 Core, i7 4 Core, and Xeon E3 6 Core processors
– (6) Gigabit Ethernet, (1) 802.3af POE
– Up to three (3) built-in Cellular or Wi-Fi radios
– VPN Tunneling >3Gbps
– Wide range 9~36VDC power input

SDN-A™ HRW

The SDN-A Half Rack Width (HRW) is our lowest power HRW SDN-A appliance yet offers processing performance and resources allowing you to leverage a multitude of commercial vendors’ virtualized networking functions and application servers. The HRW form factor is one Rack Unit (1U) tall, half-rack width (8.25″) and shallow depth (11″) yet packs a performance punch comparable to COTS 2U networking appliances. The SDN-A HRW device is a modular form factor that works with our Tactical Field Office, with traditional IT racks, or even a stand-alone desktop unit.

Based on Intel C3000 processors, with either 8 or 16 cores, 64GB or 128 GB of RAM the SDN-A HRW has proven itself to be a robust appliance. The SDN-A HRW is the definition of “Enterprise-Class” performance.

  • Intel C3000 8 and 16 core micro server processors designed specifically for network appliance applications
  • (4) 10Gigabit SFP+ and 6 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Up to (3) built-in Cellular or Wi-Fi radios
  • VPN Tunneling >9Gbps (8 Core) and 14Gbps (16 Core)
  • Wide range 9~36VDC power input

SDN-A™ HRW X2100

The SDN-A HRW X2100 is our most robust Half Rack Width SDN-A appliance, offering greater processing performance and port density than COTS devices 10X its size. This SDN-A can support over two dozen appliance servers or networking function virtual (NFV) machines without breaking a sweat.

  • Intel Xeon D 2100 series 8, 12 and 16 core processors designed specifically for network appliance applications
  • (4) 10Gigabit SFP+ and (6) Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Up to (3) built-in Cellular or Wi-Fi radios
  • VPN Tunneling >9Gbps and 14Gbps respectively
  • Wide range 9~36VDC power input

SDN-A™ BaNkS

The latest addition to our cutting-edge portfolio of network function virtualization (NFV) appliances, the SDN-A BaNkS, combines the capabilities of an “all WAN technology consuming” IP networking router, a 20 port PoE Ethernet switch, and an enterprise-class virtual machine server into a single Half Rack Width (HRW) appliance.

It was funded by US NORTHCOM to significantly reduce the size, weight, power, and cost of their mobile and vehicular deployable emergency communications solutions. A single SDN-A BaNkS device can run a dozen or more virtualized network functions. These include an IP router, firewall, certificate authority, IDS/IPS, wireless controller, domain controller, file server, WAN acceleration VM, RoIP media server VMs, and even application server VMs. It also provides Ethernet port density and Power over Ethernet rival to dedicated Ethernet switches.

The BANKS is the one “does everything” deployable communications SDN-A appliance. The BaNkS is a revolutionary device that is available for purchase and quick-turn shipment. Please contact us to witness the BANKS’ capabilities in a live demonstration!

  • Intel Xeon D 8, 12 and 16 core processors
  • (2) 10Gigabit and (18) Gigabit Ethernet interfaces, (10) 802.3at PoE
  • Up to three built-in Cellular or Wi-Fi radios
  • (2) 2.5” SSD slots, up to 8TB of storage (using 2x 4TB drives)
  • Wide range 9~36VDC power input

SDN-A™ 1U

The SDN-A 1U brings the same capabilities and performance of the HRW SDN-A into a more traditional form factor for non-tactical applications. It is the definition of “enterprise-class” performance offering:

  • Intel C3000 8 and 16 core micro server processors designed specifically for network appliance applications
  • (4) 10Gigabit SFP+ and (6) Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
  • Up to three (3) built-in Cellular or Wi-Fi radios
  • VPN Tunneling >9Gbps (8 Core) and 14Gbps (16 Core)
  • Wide range auto-sensing 50/60Hz AC power input

SDN-A™ ETH18

The SDN-A ETH18 offers Ethernet SFP and/or copper Ethernet interfaces through our modular network modules within two expansion bays. The SDN-A ETH18 has a total port capacity of 18 Ethernet ports and is available in the following options:

  • Two (2) copper and (16) SFP
  • Ten (10) copper and eight (8) SFP
  • (18) copper

SDN-A™ FIBER

The SDN-A FIBER is the world’s FIRST and ONLY TEMPEST Level 1 Compliant Software Definable Networking-Appliance. Offering 16 SFP ports, the FIBER has the processing power to perform the roles of several stand-alone IT networking and computing devices. Yet, it does so in very small (4.5″ tall by 8.25″ wide by 9″ deep) and fully TEMPEST Compliant form factor.