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EZchip Notes Market Shift from Closed to Open Networking

June 25, 2015

The state of networking is becoming more open. Where once there were equipment vendors which locked enterprise clients into proprietary hardware there is now a proliferation of “white box” hardware that accepts third-party silicon and software which, in turn, propels software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV).

EZchip Semiconductor briefly covers this changing reality in a recent news release that explains the direction of the market and role its network policy server (NPS) network processor could play in its future. First, EZchip said it believes that the expansion of white box hardware, which is meant to accept operating systems and software from outside vendors, will also help its own business by allowing for more acceptance of network processors from outside vendors. This comes in contrast to processors that networking hardware vendors used to build in house.

EZchip notes that its target markets are large service providers and enterprises with substantial data center networks. The EZchip NPS-400 and its big brother, NPS-1000, are developed to produce the performance needed to operate for those types of enterprises and scale in a manner that is as quick and efficient as companies need them to be. Furthermore, they are meant to handle the sorts of demands that SDN- and NFV-based networks require. Largely, this means a high throughput and ability to scale at a moment's notice.

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Eli Fruchter, the CEO of EZchip, called his company's chips the “common denominator” in a network's routing platform that may contain white label and proprietary boxes. In any case, it appears that the future will lie in software-based networking and that service providers are already making the investments necessary to compete in their individual markets. Businesses are already waiting in line for the NPS-400, which is expected to launch in Q4 2015, and are eager to grab the NPS-1000 which is currently in development.

As companies move along this path toward SDN, they may begin to favor chips from outside vendors rather than stick with in-house chips. There is more flexibility in the former group, and that could mean more options for enterprises. Moreover, it could mean better business for EZchip and its competitors which should all be hoping for a continued shift in the scales.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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