GRID: IP network orchestration

The optimal SDN-based software solution to create your IP network for media, with guaranteed QoS.

To meet the requirements of the professional media industry, SDNsquare has developed a software solution for IP network orchestration – or software-defined network controller. GRID encompasses a technology and a methodology to enable guaranteed data flows with effectively-enforced QoS in any IP network: a studio network, a post-production network, a data center network, etc.

GRID’s software transforms the IP network and the data flows to be fully predictable, non-blocking and 100% reliable. As a result, your network will be used much more cost-efficiently.
 
GRID also provides several wizards to make configuration and management of the network easy and intuitive. The software enables a 100% service guarantee with a specific bandwidth, low latency and no packet-loss per service or flow.

GRID is compatible with the hardware of multiple vendors.

In the network topology view, switches can be added to the topology. Switches can be selected and organized. Support for Red/Blue/Purple networks is included. It is also possible to dynamically see the user defined data flows (green line). Once a switch has been added the  GRID  application can take over control of the switch.

In the network topology view, switches can be added to the topology. Switches can be selected and organized. Support for Red/Blue/Purple networks is included. It is also possible to dynamically see the user defined data flows (green line). Once a switch has been added the GRID application can take over control of the switch.

 

Four reasons to use GRID software to manage your network

  1. Non-blocking: transforms your IP network into a deterministic non-blocking IP network (including buffer management and protection).

  2. Auto-configuration: configures the network automatically according to your requirements.

  3. Northbound API: eliminates the complexity of IP and easily integrates with any broadcast management system.

  4. Easy to operate and monitor: intuitive web-based GUI for configuration and monitoring.

The All Detail view shows detailed information about the port color and the clients which are attached to your network.

The All Detail view shows detailed information about the port color and the clients which are attached to your network.

Take control of your media workflows

  • Fully converged: GRID supports all kinds of media workflow, including live IP, editing, file transfer, audio, etc, plus software services, virtualized applications and micro-services.

  • Bandwidth management: set a specific bandwidth, guaranteed end-to-end, for any workflow or group of workflows.

  • Guaranteed paths: provides a guaranteed, deterministic and low latency path in your network.

  • Flow redundancy: provides full redundancy per flow (in one network or in a ‘red and blue’ network).

  • On-demand networking: provides “on the fly” guaranteed bandwidth to a specific client (editor, file transfer, live IP) allowing direct costing of your IP network services.

 

A network that works for you

  • Multiplatform: GRID works with standard, low cost TOR switches

  • Scalable: there is no limit to the number of hops or switches. Deployable with 10, 25, 40 and 100 Gb TOR switches.

  • Topology-agnostic: supports any network architecture: spine-leaf, leaf-leaf, sub-leaf, multiple hop and random networks.

  • Fully layer 3

  • Network redundancy: high availability/redundancy either within the network or by using a ‘red and blue’ configuration

  • Any media network use case: studio network, post-production network, data center network, storage network, editing network, WAN network, etc.

  • Self-protecting: against any bursty incoming source or wrongly configured device; ability to manage elephant streams.

  • Cost-efficient: maximizes the cost-efficiency of your IP network and thus optimizes infrastructure investment.

The Cabling view shows, for a selection of switches, the connecting cables. The view also shows the connected clients, and the client type (Audio/Video/…). It also enables the user to define additional cables or to remove unused or unnecessary cables.

The Cabling view shows, for a selection of switches, the connecting cables. The view also shows the connected clients, and the client type (Audio/Video/…). It also enables the user to define additional cables or to remove unused or unnecessary cables.

Switching and discovery

  • Enables clean switching, fast switching and salvo switching

  • Support for different switching modes: patching, destination-based switching, source-based switching

  • Compatible with multiple discovery services

The Matrix view enables the user to configure a “flow” of a certain guaranteed bandwidth between a network source and a destination. Whenever the flow is created, the entire network will be automatically reconfigured to guarantee lossless data delivery.

The Matrix view enables the user to configure a “flow” of a certain guaranteed bandwidth between a network source and a destination. Whenever the flow is created, the entire network will be automatically reconfigured to guarantee lossless data delivery.

SwitchBooter APP  can be used on mobile devices to automatically bootstrap connected switches via USB or Bluetooth. The IP address is defined in the mobile app and then pushed automatically to the switches.

SwitchBooter APP can be used on mobile devices to automatically bootstrap connected switches via USB or Bluetooth. The IP address is defined in the mobile app and then pushed automatically to the switches.

Fully standards compliant

  • Support of SMPTE 2110, SMPTE 2022-6, SMPTE 2022-7

  • Support of AES67, Dante, Ravenna

  • Compatible with NMOS

  • PTP support

GRID use cases

  • Converged media workflows: media data center for VRT and RTBF for news, sport and drama production

  • Live production: put in practice at global media sport events

  • Cloud and remote production: VRT