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P4 development services

Due to technological development, many businesses have had to move to the cloud and change their IT infrastructure. This process might be challenging because of Software Defined Networking (SDN) limitations like poor flexibility.

However, the challenge can be overcome. Especially with the support of experts who have great experience in P4 – the Programming Protocol-Independent Packet Processors language for programming the data plane of network devices. At CodiLime, we've been developing network solutions with P4 since 2014.

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P4 development services
P4 development services

Why use the P4 programming language for your project?

P4 makes programming a data plane effective and more manageable by providing such advantages as the possibility for software reuse, building component libraries to move hardware-specific functions to P4, and a painless debugging and upgrading process for P4 programs

Why else is the P4 language worth considering?

P4 flexibility

As opposed to standard switches, P4 enables developers to express packet-forwarding policies as programs instead of revealing fixed-function forwarding engines to users (as in the case of traditional switches).

Ability to process fully custom protocol headers with P4

This feature allows P4 to really stand out compared to traditional switches and routers – they mainly enable the processing of standard and popular protocol headers like Ethernet, IP, TCP, etc. In contrast, the P4 language makes it possible also for custom solutions.

Easy separation of hardware and software components

P4 enables the use of abstract architectures for decoupling low-level aspects from high-level processing details.

Not sure if P4 meets your requirements?

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Our P4 Developers will help you with:

  • Building flexible leaf-spine fabric (based on white box switches that are easily reconfigured when needed thanks to the use of a P4-programmable data plane).
  • VNF-offloading (executing typical network functions, such as a firewall, NAT or a load balancer directly on a programmable HW like a switch or smartNIC in a DC environment).
  • Service chaining (employing a P4-defined dataplane in the process of creating service chains between virtual, physical or mixed service appliances).
  • Writing efficient and portable code in P4 (v14 or v16).
  • Taking into account the differences and limitations within existing P4 targets.
  • Creating automated test suites using PTF framework.
  • Creating custom integration within your networking toolset.
  • Integrating your P4 solution into real life networking scenarios.
  • Benchmark and debug your hardware or software P4 implementation.

P4 development — our approach

At CodiLime, we believe that good communication is the first step to success.That's why knowing your needs, team resources and documentation allows us to evaluate your project and design the appropriate support. We can also better match our engineers to the project requirements to take as much of the load off your shoulders as possible.

What else can you expect from us?

Expertise in building custom solutions
Hands-on experience with network engineering
Flexible and easy-to-scale teams
Goal orientation and on time delivery
Support through the entire SDLC
Focus on long-term partnership

Our clients' testimonials

Over the last two years we have developed a strong partnership with CodiLime that has allowed our Professional Services team to expand its reach and ability to deliver more projects at increased efficiency by leveraging automation. This is truly a testament to the dedication and technical talent of CodiLime's strong engineering team.

Alexandru Smeureanu - Service Delivery Manager, Global Scale Team - Palo Alto Networks, Inc.

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Check out our P4 publications

The P4 language topic is broad, so we offer only the essential information here. However, if you want to dive deeper into the P4 world, we have prepared more material about this language.

In this section you can find various types of content like blog posts, a case study, and a video that brings P4 closer to you.

Check out our P4 publications

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