SolidRun (Tel Aviv), a developer and manufacturer of high-performance system-on-module (SOM) platforms, Single Board Computers (SBC) and network edge solutions, has now introduced its SolidWAN line of Linux-based system-level solutions for software-defined wide area networks and network security applications. Available in different form factors, with different wired and wireless networking configuration options, the company says its SolidWAN networking platforms are geared for for home office use, SMB and enterprise applications and deployment at the network's edge.
Per the manufacturer, the SolidWAN network hardware solutions are optimized for software-defined networking applications and provide direct connectivity of network ports to the CPU. This direct connection allows all network traffic to be managed by software, which the company contends not only guarantees the highest security and best possible quality of service, but also makes upgrading network hardware, deploying updates and establishing new network services fast and easy.
"Businesses across the world are evolving their network infrastructure to take advantage of the vast flexibility, security, and cost-saving benefits of software-defined networking," explains Mordi Blaunstein, VP of marketing and sales at SolidRun. "However, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to network hardware. This is especially true when connecting today's distributed workforce. With that in mind, we created our game changing SolidWAN line, which makes software-defined networking more affordable and easily deployable to home offices, branch offices, data centers, and more."
Significantly, the new platforms' embedded Layerscape LX2 SoCs from NXP Semiconductors offer advanced data path acceleration optimized for L2/3 packet processing, security offload and robust traffic management and quality of service.
"The future of network management is software based, and NXP has created the powerful Layerscape LX2160A and LX2162A processors with this in mind," notes Toby Foster, senior product marketing manager at NXP. "SolidRun's SolidWAN networking solutions take full advantage of our LX2 line of processor's 16 powerful cores, numerous SerDes lanes, security acceleration, and data compression engine to produce cost-effective and compact hardware that can be configured to serve any number of enterprise and edge processing network functions, while helping to reduce latency, enhancing security, and improving resiliency."
SolidWAN LX2162A: For home offices and SMBs
The SolidWAN LX2162A is billed as a small form factor network solution that fully leverages the robust performance and security features embedded into the LX2162A SoC from NXP. Utilizing SolidRun's LX2-Lite system-on-module as the foundation for this compact system, the SolidWAN LX2162A efficiently addresses SMB and local branch office needs for outstanding performance and security.
Engineered with a wide array of wired and wireless software-defined networking connection options, including eight dedicated GbE RJ45 ports, two 25GbE SFP and two 10GbE dedicated SFP interfaces, and optional GbE RJ45 management port, LTE and Wi-Fi options, this unit "offers maximum site installation flexibility while maintaining a compact, desktop-friendly footprint and low price point," according to SolidRun.
SolidRun also offers fanless small form factor SD-WAN platforms with quad-core processors and 1GbE/2.5GbE/10GbE software-defined dedicated Ethernet ports to address the home-office, remote-workers, and Industrial locations the need high security and high-performance network services.
SolidWAN Dual LX2160A: For enterprise and edge
For the most advanced enterprise and edge data center applications, the SolidWAN Dual LX2160A network solution boasts 32-core processing performance for advanced network security and accelerated data routing capabilities.
With two SolidRun LX2160A COM Express 7 modules serving as the system's foundation, each packing a 16-core NXP LX2160A SoC, up to 32GB of DDR4, up to 64GB of embedded eMMC, this SD-WAN and software-defined network security-targeted system supports up to 24 dedicated high-speed Ethernet connections (12 10GbE SFP+ and 12 1GbE SFP interfaces).
This system is also equipped with a 2x100GbE OCP3.0 Dual Host NIC, which features two dedicated 100GbE QSFP28 interfaces. What's more surprising than the number of dedicated high-speed connections this system supports is its size. Thanks to the purpose-built, network-focused design of the SoCs used and the thermal efficiency of Arm processors, SolidRun was able to engineer this system to fit within a standard 1U rack-mountable enclosure.
For less intense applications, SolidRun offers a SolidWAN Single LX2160A network solution that features a single NXP LX2160A SoC and supports up to 16 high-speed Ethernet connections (8 10GbE SFP+ and 8 1GbE SFP interfaces). This system is equipped with 4x10GbE OCP3.0 NIC which features four dedicated SFP+ interfaces. Like the SolidWAN Dual LX2160A, this system also features a compact 1U rack-mountable enclosure.
Industrial networking support and Linux-based SDN compatibility
As with many SolidRun network hardware solutions, the SolidWAN family of products offers SKUs that support a wide range of deployment environments and can be pre-configured for commercial applications where environmental conditions range between 0°C to 70°C, or for more extreme industrial applications where conditions range between -40°C to 75°C.
SolidWAN products are also compatible with Linux-based SDN software applications, including DPDK, which provides data plane libraries and network interface controller polling-mode drivers for offloading TCP packet processing from the operating system kernel to processes running in user space. SolidRun has also partnered with several software developers to offer full SD-WAN and security service software to customers.