Tactical SDN Solutions

Software Defined Networking (SDN) encompasses a variety of networking technologies that make setup, configuration and deployment of network communications and security agile and flexible. SDN also enables a reduction in size, weight and power (SWaP) for tactical network equipment.

A One-Stop Shop for Tactical SDN Solutions

PacStar now offers SDN to tactical networks in the form of Cisco NFVIS (Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure Software) combined with PacStar’s leading tactical hardware. Organizations use Cisco NFVIS to virtualize Cisco network services such as Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router, virtual WAN optimization, Virtual ASA, virtual Wireless LAN Controller, and Next-Generation Virtual Firewall. PacStar tactical SDN solutions with Cisco technology enables:

Delivery of advanced Cisco technologies to the edge of the network, in the smallest size, weight and power (SWaP) available

Deployment and configuration of new network functions simply and easily, without new hardware

Quick reconfiguration of networks to reflect unit reorganization in dynamic environments

PacStar Tactical SDN Solutions


PacStar 400-Series

PacStar 400-Series family of small communications modules include routing, switching, advanced network services, cybersecurity and more – in lightweight packaging solutions designed with a wide variety of power options. PacStar 400-Series includes a comprehensive selection of Cisco technologies for use in tactical networking solutions, including NFVIS-based solutions, as well as with supplemental hardware-based solutions.


PacStar IQ-Core:registered: Software

IQ-Core Network Communications Manager saves setup and configuration time, reduces errors and improves the reliability of tactical networking solutions. It can overcome the added complexity and training burden imposed by network systems comprising multiple technologies.

Supported Cisco Technology

Cisco Adaptive Security Virtual Appliance (ASAv)

Cisco ASAv brings full ASA firewall and VPN capabilities to virtualized environments to help safeguard traffic. Provides security technologies popular in US DoD tactical networks, in a PacStar supported tactical package.

Cisco Virtual Wide Area Application Services (vWAAS)

Cisco vWAAS is a NFVIS compatible WAN optimization solution that accelerates applications delivered from private and virtual private cloud infrastructure, using policy-based on-demand orchestration.

Cisco Integrated Services Virtual Router (ISRv)

Cisco ISRv is a virtual form-factor Cisco IOS:registered: XE Software router that delivers comprehensive WAN gateway and network services functions into virtual environments. Using familiar, industry-leading Cisco IOS XE Software networking capabilities (the same features present on Cisco 4000 Series ISRs and ASR 1000 Series physical routers), the Cisco ISRv enables enterprises to deliver WAN services to their remote locations.

Cisco Firepower Next Generation Firewall (NGFWv)

Cisco NGFWv is the industry’s first fully integrated, threat-focused next-gen firewall with unified management. It uniquely provides advanced threat protection before, during, and after attacks.

Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller

Cisco Virtual Wireless Controller automates wireless configuration and management functions and allows network managers to have the visibility and control needed to cost-effectively manage, secure, and optimize the performance of their wireless networks.