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IP Infusion's ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite (ARS)  (501)
ARS is a scalable, robust, and standards-based Layer 2 and Layer 3 carrier-class routing and switching software solution

Product Highlights

IP Infusions ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite is a scalable, robust, and standards-based Layer 2 and Layer 3 carrier-class routing and switching software solution that allows OEMs to rapidly add networking capabilities to their new and existing lines of communication products. Its modular, platform-independent architecture enables OEMs to pick from amongst an impressive array of protocols and solutions to add to their equipment. The ZebOS Advanced Routing Suite (ARS) supports industry standard and best-of-breed operating systems, control, and dataplane processors. Although ARS is a control plane network software solution, it has been architected to take advantage of separate dataplane processors (NPUs and ASICs) to support highly modular and scalable communications equipment. The ZebOS ARS is targeted at vendors building or enhancing access, enterprise, edge, core, and enhanced IP services products. ZebOS ARS contains a number of key features:  IPv4 and IPv6 Unicast Routing  IPv4 and IPv6 Multicast Routing  IPv4 and IPv6 Transition Software  MPLS Traffic Engineering & MPLS-VPN (L2, L3)  Advanced L2 and VLAN Switching  Virtual Routing for Provider Edge Solutions  Industry Standard Command Line Interface and Management  Integration with Industry Leading Silicon (Broadcom, Marvell and Intel) using the ZebOS Hardware Integration Platform products  Support VxWorks 5.4, PNE 2.0 and PNE 2.2 ZebOS Architecture The ZebOS ARS is a scalable, flexible, and platform-independent architecture that provides stability and fine-grained modularity. Protocol modules can be independently licensed, installed, and upgraded. This allows ARS to be deployed in smaller and lower priced access equipment as well as highly scalable, core networking equipment. Each protocol module is built on the ZebOS Network Services Module (NSM), which is the base module that simultaneously and independently communicates with every ZebOS ARS routing and switching process. The NSM manages both the route table and each of the enabled protocols; performs route conversion and redistribution; and manages the interface state, routing policies and filtering. The NSM communicates through the Platform Abstraction Layer (PAL) to the underlying operating system or network processor for forwarding table updates. The ZebOS Integrated Management Interface (IMI) provides a command line interface and SNMP capability that can be used as is by vendors, or can be integrated into the vendors existing management infrastructure. The IMI and IMI-shell provide a persistent, industry standard mechanism for managing the network configuration and operations, as well as unix-like facilities for command and output redirection and logging.

Product Description

Routing Protocols

IPv4 and IPv6

IP Infusion is the leading provider of integrated IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols in the market. The Advanced Routing Suite supports the most recent drafts and specifications of both IPv4 and IPv6 versions of OSPF, BGP, IS-IS and RIP. In addition to the standard IPv4 & IPv6 routing protocols, ARS offers virtual routing support, as well as Traffic Engineering (TE) extensions and a Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF) topology support for the OSPF and IS-IS Protocol Modules. ZebOS also supports its own TCP/IP Module, which is a dual stack that supports simultaneous use of IPv4 and IPv6 in a variety of configurations. This TCP/IP stack is ideal for real-time operating system vendors that require dual-stack and virtual routing extensions for their products.

Advanced Layer 2 and VLAN Switching

The ZebOS L2 and VLAN modules are a family of Ethernet bridging, Spanning Tree, multicast and VLAN software packages that provide advanced Layer 2 functionality for vendors building routing and switching equipment. Each Layer 2 Protocol Module leverages the command line interface and the kernel management of the ZebOS Network Services Module (NSM). The Layer 2 Modules are complementary to our Layer 3 protocol software solutions and are built on a common architecture.The Layer 2 family includes a full set of solutions for:

 Ethernet MAC bridging

 Spanning Tree Protocol (STP), Multiple and Rapid Spanning Tree (MSTP, RSTP)

 VLAN and hardware forwarding APIs

 IGMP Snooping

 GARP Multicast Registration Protocol (GMRP)

 GARP VLAN Registration protocol (GVRP)

 Port and Protocol VLAN classification (802.1v) and VLAN Stacking

 Port mirroring, Broadcast Storm Recovery, and 802.3x Flow Control

 802.1x Port Authentication

 Link Aggregation (802.3ad)

MPLS Traffic Engineering and VPN Support

The ZebOS MPLS switching modules provides a complete solution for the rapid integration of MPLS functionality into enterprise, edge, and core communications equipment. ZebOS supports both MPLS Traffic Engineering and MPLS VPN capabilities, as well as extensions for the support of DiffServ and DiffServ Traffic Engineering.

The ZebOS MPLS Switching Modules support the following:

 Resource Reservation Protocol-Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE)

 Constraint-based Routing-Label Distribution Protocol (CR-LDP and LDP)

 Interior Gateway Protocol Constrained Shortest Path First (CSPF for OSPF and IS-IS)

 MPLS-VPN using BGP VPN extensions (RFC2547)

 Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS with Martini)

 DiffServ and DiffServ Traffic Engineering Extensions


The ZebOS ARS includes support for both IPv4 and IPv6 multicast protocol modules. This includes support for Protocol Independent Multicast-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM and PIM-SMv6) and Protocol Independent Multicast-Dense Mode (PIM-DM and PIM-DMv6). ZebOS PIM-SM routes multicast packets to multicast groups and is designed to efficiently establish distribution trees across wide area networks (WANs).

Virtual Routing

The ZebOS ARS includes support for both IPv4 and IPv6 multicast protocol modules. This includes support for Protocol Independent Multicast-Sparse Mode (PIM-SM and PIM-SMv6) and Protocol Independent Multicast-Dense Mode Virtual Routing.

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