ProgrammableFlow Networking: Virtualized Network Infrastructure for the Cloud

In today’s data center and cloud environment, new business demands and new innovations in compute infrastructure have increased the strains on data center networks. Economies of scale and improvements in governance are driving demand for IT infrastructure that can handle a variety of workloads.  But building networks that enable these benefits is a challenge. Current network equipment lacks flexibility and responsiveness to dynamic business demands, making it difficult to provision and even harder to manage the multitenant networks that cloud services require.

ProgrammableFlow: Creating a Cloud-Ready Network


Complex, inflexible network configurations are a feature belonging to past decades with ProgrammableFlow.  ProgrammableFlow centralizes control of the network, eliminates the need for distributed protocols such as Spanning Tree. ProgrammableFlow streamlines data center management through greater levels of automation while driving down operational costs and time to deliver business services.


In an environment where business requirements are constantly changing, planning for capacity has never been harder.  ProgrammableFlow makes scaling out of network resources as easy as scaling out virtualized servers. ProgrammableFlow scales from a single rack integrated into an existing network to an entire data center, all managed from a central console.


ProgrammableFlow automatically monitors and intelligently distributes network traffic across multiple paths. Paths are managed according to custom defined policies and continuously updated based on network resources and traffic conditions. Any path between any two devices can be used, enabling more efficient use of network resources and multiplying the available bandwidth within the network.


ProgrammableFlow leverages the OpenFlow protocol to create Software-Defined Network (SDN) virtualization, giving NEC customers freedom of choice. By separating network control from switch hardware, organizations can make infrastructure investment decisions independently from the network features they want to support.

'Network complexity has grown to a point beyond reasonable. ProgrammableFlow provides an automated means of network self-repair, and gives us the single pane of management and control we have long sought.'

Eric Miller
CEO of Genesis Hosting Solutions

ProgrammableFlow Networking

  • Virtualized, high performance data center network
  • Reduces operation costs by reduced network complexity
  • Improves IT efficiency through ease of use
  • Speeds deployment of new services
  • Assures network policy adherence and eases monitoring
  • Provides investment protection

ProgrammableFlow PF5240 Switch: Award-Winning High Performance

ProgrammableFlow switch is a powerful, hybrid, multi-layer switch that can integrate into a legacy environment, or fully function with OpenFlow-enabled benefits behind NEC’s ProgrammableFlow Controller.     

  • High Performance - 48 ports of gigabit and 4 ports of ten gigabit per second connectivity in compact 1U form factor with 176Gbps fully non blocking switching capacity.
  • Data Center Class OpenFlow Support – NEC’s PF-OS Agent provides line-rate control over network flows.  With 160,000 flow table entries supported, customers can define and control network polices at scale.
  • Any Topology - ProgrammableFlow networks can be deployed in any network topology, increasing network resiliency and capacity.
  • Greener, Easier Operation - Flow based networking enables organizations to migrate data traffic dynamically for maintenance and power savings.

ProgrammableFlow Controller: Unique, Network-Level Virtualization

  • Multi-tenant network virtualization: NEC’s Virtual Tenant Network technology enables administrators to build multi-tenant networks in which virtual machine migration is unfettered, enabling rapid scale-out of new applications, balanced workloads, and higher levels of availability.
  • Reduced network complexity: ProgrammableFlow’s centralized control of the network eliminates the need for distributed protocols such as Spanning Tree, reducing network complexity and unlocking the network capacity unavailable in networks running Spanning Tree.
  • Enhanced Investment Protection: New network services can be added and extended without changing hardware. ProgrammableFlow Management Console: Centralized Monitoring for Greater Control

NECA Recognized SDN Leader

It takes a company like NEC, with the courage and commitment to introduce enterprise-class products, to give SDN a chance to prove itself in the very difficult and challenging enterprise IT environment.

Steven Hill Best of Interop Lead Judge

Most Recent SDN Recognitions

ONS - SDN Idol 2015 Finalist

IHS - Data center and Enterprise SDN leader

Frost & Sullivan - Best Practise award 2016