Enea and NEXCOM have jointly developed an open source software kit for secure SD-WAN, making it easy for systems integrators and communication service providers to evaluate and deploy enterprise networks leveraging universal customer premises equipment (uCPE). The kit includes flexiWAN, an open source SD-WAN application, and pfSense, an open source firewall, both virtualized to run on uCPE. Also included are automation scripts for onboarding and testing, as well as extensive how-to-guides.
The open source software is configured for Enea's uCPE virtualization and management platform, Enea NFV Access, and two of NEXCOM's Intel-based whitebox appliances – DTA 1160 and TCA 5170B.
The two hardware platforms provide different networking capacities at different price points, covering a wide range of performance requirements for various use cases. The DTA 1160 is based on an Intel Atom® processor and designed for lightweight, scale-out workloads, while TCA 5170B is based on an Intel® Xeon® D processor for high virtualized performance. Both configurations have been tested to meet throughput requirements of most small and mid-sized branches. The system brief was created by Intel® Corporation.
Providing a complete application framework, including open source Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and all necessary configurations, the software kit significantly shortens the time needed to bring up a system on uCPE. It can easily be adapted to accommodate preferences for specific VNF vendors by replacing the open source VNFs with other SD-WAN or firewall VNFs, or extending them with additional applications.
"The demand for uCPE-based SD-WAN and security is growing rapidly, and this kit is a great way to shorten time-to-market," says Karl Mörner, Vice President of Product Management at Enea. "We think of it not only as a starter kit, but also as a complete, cost-effective software solution for deploying secure SD-WAN."
"Leveraging the open source SD-WAN of flexiWAN allows vendors such as Enea and NEXCOM to ship their products pre-installed with a ready-to-use solution," says Amir Zmora, CEO and Co-Founder of flexiWAN. "The system automatically registers with flexiWAN's cloud management, and users can open a free account and start using the system."