Portwell Partners with Open-Source Software Provider flexiWAN to Offer Customers a Versatile Network Solution
November 30, 2020
The CAR-2080, self-certified for flexiWAN SD-WAN solution, provides flexibility in SD-WAN market.
American Portwell Technology has partnered with flexiWAN, an open-source SD-WAN software provider to offer customers a complete network solution with the intention to free Managed Service Providers (MSPs) and Enterprises from the restrictions of the current hardware plus software lock-in. The solution is driven by Portwell's CAR-2080, a 1U rackmount network communication appliance featuring 8th/9th generation Intel Core, Pentium, or Celeron processor (formerly Coffee Lake/Coffee Lake Refresh Desktop processor).
Portwell's universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) products are designed with the Intel platform to function as an open white box for software configuration. In addition to its Intel processor engine, CAR-2080 also features the Intel H310/C246 chipset; 1 x front-access Portwell NIC Module; 2 x DDR4 2666MHz UDIMMs up to 64 GB; 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x RJ45 Console; 2 Pair Bypass 3.0 onboard, and 6 x GbE RJ45 ports (6 x Intel i210-AT, co-layout with i211-AT).
Per the company, flexiWAN is a comprehensive software solution and virtual network function (VNF) that can feature data flow handling, network routing, and centralized management. The solution is an open-source SD-WAN that features zero-touch provisioning, multi-tenant accounts and users, organization network inventory, multiple WAN/LAN interfaces, IPSec over VxLAN tunnels, and an application-based path selection policy.
According to Eason Lin, project manager for American Portwell, Inc., this partnership with flexiWAN releases the HW+SW lock-in for MSPs and Enterprises and replaces them with an elastic option for customers to decide the extent of service they wish to adopt.
Robert Feng, American Portwell Technology's senior product marketing director, confirms that, because of this partnership, customers are no longer constrained in the traditionally bundled SD-WAN business model and can take back control of the market.