Founded in 2000, Bivio Networks is a leading supplier of next generation packet handling platforms and sells its multi-gigabit network appliances to network infrastructure providers in an OEM business model. Bivio’s products are unique in their ability to combine fully programmable deep-packet processing with deterministic multi-gigabit network throughput for any network service, and thus represent an optimal hardware platform for a new generation of software-based network applications that Bivio’s partners are bringing to market.
The most innovative and fastest growing network applications in the areas of security, VoIP (voice over IP), multimedia, wireless and IPv6 are increasingly being implemented as software applications running on “network appliance” hardware, indicating a fundamental change in the way network services are implemented. But these emerging software-based packet handling applications also demand new requirements from the networking platforms used to implement them. Chief among these new challenges is the demand for multi-dimensional scaling capabilities, led by increasing deep packet inspection, network bandwidth and application agility requirements. Existing hardware has focused on scaling in a single dimension: For example, networking technology has focused on bandwidth scaling, while server technology has focused on computational scaling. The result has been an increasing gap between the demands of packet handling applications and the capabilities of the existing platforms to satisfy them. In essence, the existing “appliance” platforms have become a network bottleneck in high-speed networks. As 1GE and 10GE establish themselves as the new connectivity standard in the networking infrastructure, these bottlenecks will only increase unless a new architectural approach emerges which is capable of reconciling what traditionally have constituted mutually exclusive requirements in networking: performance and flexibility.
The Bivio unique architectural approach to building a network appliance delivers on the requirement for multi-dimensional scaling in future networking infrastructure, making highly adaptable, high performance networks a reality. The system delivers any networking service with unmatched flexibility and scalability, vastly outperforming other architectural alternatives. Any Linux network application can be easily ported onto the Bivio architecture and accelerated to run at multi-gigabit speeds. The programmable nature of the entire networking and application plane results in the system's ability to adapt to the ever changing nature of the network infrastructure –new applications, changing protocols- as well as the platforms ability to deliver on the long-standing promise of service convergence.
Bivio’s customers greatly benefit from the cost, performance and time-to-market benefits that result from using the Bivio platform. Using Bivio’s products, OEM Partners achieve disruptive improvements in deep packet processing performance, system cost, reliability and deterministic traffic management capabilities that both service provider and enterprise customers demand as they build out the emerging network infrastructure. Bivio’s multi-gigabit network appliances can optimally address the requirements of a wide range of network application segments:
Bivio focuses on an OEM model. OEM partners port Linux-based network applications onto the Bivio architecture and sell the solution through their own channels into the network segments outlined above. Typical OEM partner profiles include:
- Network system vendors: Leading network system vendors are currently increasing their strategic focus on high-margin software product development, and reducing their dependency on internally developed hardware.
- Software companies: Innovative software companies are constantly delivering new network applications, and need network appliances capable of running these applications at deterministic multi-gigabit speeds.
- Computer system vendors: Computer system vendors seek to challenge network system vendors in their core market as computing and networking convergence accelerates, and require an architecture featuring "best of both worlds" traits.
- System integrators: Through collaboration within its partner ecosystem, custom-engineered solutions on an open software based platform can be prototyped to target a variety of specialized in-line network applications in service provider or government projects.