NorthStar Controller

Network operators need the ability to automate provisioning and managing network service paths for a variety of application- and end user-defined constraints. NorthStar Controller

simplifies traffic engineering, making it easier for you to leverage benefits provided by transport service paths, such as MPLS/RSVP, segment routing, and network slicing.

NorthStar Controller provides you with granular visibility into network traffic flows, while optimizing network capacity through closed-loop automation. It monitors your network in real time, gathering streaming telemetry, IGP, and BGP-LS data from the network and analyzing the data to provision new service paths based on user-defined SLA constraints. With NorthStar Controller, you can run your network hotter, at higher capacity utilization levels, with confidence.

After paths are deployed, NorthStar recomputes or re-provisions paths as needed for SLA assurance. It automates provisioning of these explicit routed network paths, regardless of the traffic load, by pushing path information to the respective ingress routers. NorthStar Controller monitors and displays multiple network domains, providing a transport network view to help you manage interdomain traffic engineering and network slicing. It can also help simplify your migration to segment routing by allowing you to run multiple control planes over the same infrastructure at the same time.

Key Features


  • Manage, monitor, and provision Segment Routing and IP/MPLS paths in real time.
  • Offers Intelligent interface between RSVP-TE networks and SR-enabled networks. 
  • View live network topology maps that show node status, link utilization, segment routing paths, and label-switched paths (LSPs).
  • Automate the discovery of nodes, links, and paths from the network.
  • Create or schedule maintenance events to reroute traffic when issues arise.

Features + Benefits

Network Optimization

Provides complex interdomain path computation and network optimization services with sophisticated, industry-leading algorithms.

Multiple User-Defined Contraints

Addresses multilayer optimization to avoid resource overprovisioning.

Path Ordering and Synchronization

Provides specific path ordering and synchronization using signaling across routed network elements.

Global Network View

Allows comprehensive monitoring, management, and proactive planning with a global view of network state.

Predictable, Deterministic Network State

Helps you conduct demand forecasts by calculating predictable, deterministic network state within a small margin of error.

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NorthStar Controller

Powerful and flexible traffic engineering solution simplifies and automates provisioning, management, and monitoring of segment routing and IP/MPLS flows across large networks.

Technical Features
  • Manage, monitor, and provision Segment Routing and IP/MPLS paths in real time.
  • Offers Intelligent interface between RSVP-TE networks and SR-enabled networks. 
  • View live network topology maps that show node status, link utilization, segment routing paths, and label-switched paths (LSPs).
  • Automate the discovery of nodes, links, and paths from the network.
  • Create or schedule maintenance events to reroute traffic when issues arise.
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