Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS)

Aricent’s Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) is a comprehensive and feature-rich software framework used for developing a wide range of Intelligent Ethernet switching and routing applications. Some of these include entry-level, fixed-port Ethernet switches; modular Gigabit stackable switches; Metro Ethernet-based carrier-class systems; and Data Center fabric switches for Top-of-Rack (ToR)/Leaf/Spine, as well as rugged Defense and Industrial switching / routing solutions. Aricent ISS has a highly portable and modular software architecture with support for a wide range of off-the-shelf Switch Silicon ASIC/NPU families, supporting interfaces from Fast Ethernet to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds. Deployed globally, ISS is an integral part of over 100 products from leading networking and telecom equipment manufacturers. ISS is available in multiple packages — Workgroup, Enterprise, Metro, Metro Enhanced and Data Center.

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Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS)

Aricent’s Intelligent Switching Solution (ISS) is a comprehensive and feature-rich software framework used for developing a wide range of Intelligent Ethernet switching and routing applications. Some of these include entry-level, fixed-port Ethernet switches; modular Gigabit stackable switches; Metro Ethernet-based carrier-class systems; and Data Center fabric switches for Top-of-Rack (ToR)/Leaf/Spine, as well as rugged Defense and Industrial switching / routing solutions. Aricent ISS has a highly portable and modular software architecture with support for a wide range of off-the-shelf Switch Silicon ASIC/NPU families, supporting interfaces from Fast Ethernet to 100 Gigabit Ethernet speeds. Deployed globally, ISS is an integral part of over 100 products from leading networking and telecom equipment manufacturers. ISS is available in multiple packages — Workgroup, Enterprise, Metro, Metro Enhanced and Data Center.

ISS Packages

ISS Workgroup

Includes features for providing Bridging functionality, Rapid Spanning Tree and Multiple Spanning Tree protocol support, Link Aggregation, Access Control Lists (ACL), QoS, GVRP/GMRP, LLDP/LLDP-MED, IGMP/MLD Snooping, Network Access Control, Network synchronization with PTP and Synchronous Ethernet, High Availability support, and a suite of Switch Management features across both IPv4and IPv6 stacks.

ISS Enterprise

In addition to ISS Workgroup features, the ISS Enterprise package includes several Layer 3 Unicast and Multicast Routing features for IPv4/IPv6 routing support such as RIP, OSPF, BGP, ISIS, VRRP, IGMP Router, PIM, etc., with relevant protocol extensions, ECMP support, VRF support, High Availability, Graceful restart, and comprehensive BFD support.

ISS Metro

Advanced Ethernet switching capabilities for Provider bridging,Ethernet OAM such as Link OAM, Service OAM with 802.1ag and Y.1731 (ECFM), Ethernet Linear and Ring Protection mechanisms, Standardized MEF services, Ethernet Service Activation Test (SAT),  Virtual switch contexts, MPLS-TP with OAM and Protection, High availability for Layer2 features for the deployment of Ethernet incarrier or service provider networks.

ISS Metro Enhanced

The ISS Metro Enhanced package includes the Enterprise and Metro features, and support for MPLS L3VPNs, L2VPNs and Network security, for deployment of routing and MPLS services in carrier or service provider networks.

ISS Datacenter

The ISS Data Center Switch solution supports the Next Generation Datacenter networking and Data center Interconnect (DCI) feature requirements with support for Datacenter Bridging Extensions (DCBX), Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links(TRILL), extensions for LLDP, Priority Flow Control (PFC), priority groups and end-to-end congestion notification, Multi-Chassis LAG (MC-LAG), Network Virtualization Overlay (NVO) with VXLAN, EVPN with VXLAN, with complete Unicast / Multicast routing protocol support (RIP, OSPF, BGP, ISIS, VRRP, IGMP Router, PIM, etc. with IPv4/IPv6) for the underlay networks, Open Flow, NETCONF management, System features such as High Availability, Switch Stacking, In-Service Software upgrade (ISSU), Warm boot, and with support for the leading Data center Switch Silicon. For more details, please visit the “Data Center Switching solution and framework”.

Features

ISS framework provides features including Layer 2 switching, IPv4/v6 routing, QoS, Security and Management capabilities for a variety of networking equipment that need managed Ethernet switching and IP routing. Key features:

Management

CLI via Telnet and SSH, SNMP, HTTP/HTTPs support, SNTP support, Software upgrade through TFTPor SFTP, DHCP, RMONv1, RMONv2,DSMON

Basic Layer 2 Switching:

RSTP, MSTP, PVRST+, VLAN Bridging, IGMP snooping, MLDsnooping, Link Aggregation, Multi-chassis Link Aggregation (MC-LAG), 802.1x authentication, Link LayerDiscovery Protocol (LLDP), EOAM, SyncE, PTP

Advanced Layer 2 Suite

Provider Bridging (802.1ad), Multiple Switch Contexts, ECFM, ELMI, PBB, PBB-TE, BFD, LSP-Ping, VCCV, Protection Switching (Linear – G.8031, Ring – G.8032), MEF Standardized services support and Ethernet Service Activation Test (SAT) with Y.1731 and RFC 2544

QoS

ACLs, 802.1p, DiffServ, Traffic prioritization,Queuing, Policing, Scheduling and Shaping, with Hierarchical-QoS support, Rate limiting and Storm control, Flow control

IP Security

IKE (v1, v2), IPSec, Intrusion detection based on Snort, Stateful firewall

Data Center Bridging

TRILL, DCBX, Priority flow control (PFC), Enhanced transmission selection (ETS), congestion notification (CN)

Network Virtualization Overlay for Data Center Interconnect (DCI)

VXLAN, EVPN with VXLAN, L2VPN and L3VPN services using EVPN

Software Defined Networking

OpenFlow 1.3.1

Layer 3 Routing

IPv4 /IPv6 Unicast / Multicast routing - Static, RIP v1/v2/v6, OSPFv2/v3, IS-IS and M-ISIS, BGP4, VRRPv2/v3, IGMP (v1/v2/v3) router, PIM-SM/DM/SSM, DVMRP, MSDP, PIMv6; Virtual routing with Graceful restart

MPLS

MPLS/MPLS-TP/GMPLS Signaling with Graceful restart, L2VPN (VPWS, VPLS and H-VPLS - BGP and LDP based, VPLS multi homing and resiliency support with MC-LAG and ERPS), L3VPN, MPLS OAM - LSP-Ping, BFD, Y.1731, VCCV

High Availability and Stacking

Comprehensive High Availability support with portable Redundancy Manager (RM), Switch stacking support with Control plane High Availability (Active-Standby) and fully active forwarding plane (Active-Active), In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) and Warm Reboot support

Security Specifications

Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS), Common Criteria (CC), Evaluation Assurance Level (EAL) ready

Benefits

Modular Extensible Architecture: ISS is built on a highly modular architecture that enables efficient customization for a range of applications and devices, including Enterprise, Workgroup, Metro, Carrier Ethernet, Data Center, Industrial and Smart Grid markets.

Portable Design: ISS is hardware and operating system-agnostic and can be easily ported to virtually any platform. Furthermore, Aricent has developed reference architectures with leading silicon suppliers, which provide high degree of integration and simplify product development of modern complex switching solutions.

Comprehensive Feature Set: ISS supports a wide range of standards for advanced routing, switching and management features, including MPLS/VPLS and High Availability, which are required by most demanding customers.

Proven Scalability and Reliability: Proven in dozens of commercial products, ISS offers high-quality software and documentation, protocol component validation, system validation, stress testing, and scalability testing, all of which accelerate product development and test cycles while reducing the overall risk.

Availability of Reference Platforms: The software offers reference implementations on specific platforms to help telecom equipment manufacturers accelerate their time-to-market and improve return on their investment. These include OS: VxWorks, Linux (Denx, Montavista, Windriver, others); CPU: ARM, MIPS, Pentium, PowerPC and Silicon: Broadcom StrataXGS / StrataConnect, Fulcrum, Marvell (Linkstreet,Prestera, xCAT, Lion).

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