The SteelConnect EX FlexVNF software consists of a multitenant, single software stack that natively runs multiple services, such as routing, security, and other network-based functions. FlexVNF provides fully integrated Layer 4 through Layer 7 functions in platform-based software packages, including OVA, QCOW2, and ISO. The same software can be used to provide the data and control plane functionality element – SD-WAN Controller. The FlexVNF does not require a license when configured as an SD-WAN controller.
Refer to the Solutions Overview Guide, SteelConnect EX deployment guide and SteelConnect EX FlexVNF guides for more details.
Note: Bare metal installation of the FlexVNF is supported only on a Riverbed certified appliance, which includes the SteelConnect EX-385, EX-485, EX-685, EX-580, EX-780 and EX-3080. FlexVNF can also be installed as a virtual appliance on KVM and ESXi as well as in public clouds (such as AWS, Azure, and GCP).