Policy Player Ready to Rumble
In a European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) test, the Quantum Network Suite supported 20 million active sessions from a single 10-unit server chassis. That's about 10 times faster than what anyone has done before, BroadHop claims. The system also set new benchmarks for transactions per second (TPS) for 3G traffic and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)/4G data and VoIP traffic. (See Leading Lights: Telecom Product Finalists and Light Reading's 2010 Leading Lights Finalists.)
BroadHop president and CEO Bill Diotte doesn't pull any punches about those results. "We wanted to give our esteemed competitors a bloody nose on the scaling and performance front," said Diotte, speaking on the sidelines of the recent Broadband Traffic Management conference in London.
And he's ready for more. "We threw the gauntlet down, and you can bet you'll hear more about that," he said. [Ed note: So we say, bring it on!]
As BroadHop's senior director of product and channel marketing, Dan Geiger, explained, the large scale that the Quantum system demonstrated isn't only important because it's "throwing iron at something." Rather, he said, "the real important part is we can process far more policies, so operators can offer many more services."
It's all about what BroadHop calls Policy 2.0, which in essence means using application-centric policy control to enable new services, rather than just manage bandwidth. (See Data Surge Fuels Policy Control Boom and Policy Control Key to Personalized Services .)
— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading Mobile