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Policy Player Ready to Rumble

Policy management specialist BroadHop Inc. has challenged its competitors in the Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) arena with the latest lab test results of its Quantum Network Suite policy management system. (See BroadHop Boasts Policy Performance.)

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

Lufeng Zhang 12/5/2012 | 5:15:56 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

I don't see any meaning about this figure. We need to the know what is the traffic mode first. How many rules involved in each message? How long about the Diameter message?

miar70 12/5/2012 | 5:15:55 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

Well the usual assumption is that the vendor will provide the number that 'looks' the best for them, after all it is marketing :) This is classic 'cisco math' mentatlity when it comes to marketing capacities and numbers. So unless otherwise stated I think it's quite likely that these are the most simple kind of rules being applied here and that is the default assumption.


However that is still useful as a relative measure as all vendors tend to do the same. Until a fully standardized testing scenario (with traffic and policy config) is defined and executed, (which seems unlikely anytime soon), this will have to do. It is still better than what has been available before. Maybe at some point in the future EANTC will define and rate those scenarios, but what you find then is that vendors tend to design and optimize to pass those benchmarks, which can skew the results, so this is not ideal either.

Lufeng Zhang 12/5/2012 | 5:15:54 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

Could anyone tell what is the relation between Cisco and Broadhop? Did Cisco already acquire Broadhop

miar70 12/5/2012 | 5:15:50 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

I believe that Broadhop is an independent company that is an official technology development partner of Cisco. So they are not owned by Cisco today.

miar70 12/5/2012 | 4:17:45 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

What was the TPS number that was validated at EANTC? I know that when Bridgewater and Cisco recently did similar testing at the same facility the numbers published were 5000 attachments / second. This was via the HSS/PCRF and you could argue that was profile lookup and download to gateway, but it would be good to get real numbers to compare apples to apples...

dangeiger1 12/5/2012 | 4:17:35 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

26,500 attachments per second--with each attachment including a profile lookup, a charging exchange, and a service selection decision based on type of service plan.     

miar70 12/5/2012 | 4:17:35 PM
re: Policy Player Ready to Rumble

Excellent ! Thanks for the clarification, those are impressive numbers indeed and certainly provide the benchmark. Does the EANTC publish the reports or is that at the discretion of the vendor?

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