SDN Outfit 6WIND Demos Intel-based NFV, Cloud Data Center Acceleration Solution

By Paula Bernier September 09, 2013

6WIND, which was represented in the speaker lineup at TMC’s recent SDN Precon event at ITEXPO, now supports Intel Open Network Platform in its 6WINDGate networking software solution.

“The 6WINDGate networking software solves critical performance and scalability challenges for virtual switches running on the Intel Open Network Platform,” said Eric Carmès, CEO of 6WIND. “While accelerating the baseline switching functions by up to 10x, it also delivers high performance for secure tunneling protocols such as IPsec, GRE, NVGRE, VLAN and VxLAN. This enables telecom and cloud service providers to achieve significant CAPEX and OPEX improvements which are not possible without data plane acceleration.”

The solution is optimized for use in cloud data center and network functions virtualization deployments. As discussed in a recent NFVZone posting, NFV has to do with virtualizing specific aspects of the network related to functions like deep packet inspection and the HSS, as two examples. This is expected to enable service providers to benefit from cost savings resulting from the use of industry-standard servers.

Another expected benefit of NFV is that it will allow service providers to more quickly introduce new services and capabilities leveraging such infrastructure. AT&T, BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Verizon got the NFV ball rolling last year with the creation of an NFV group within ETSI and the publication of a white paper on NFV. (To get more information on NFV, join us at TMC’s Software Telco Congress Nov. 19-21 in Santa Clara, Calif.)

6WIND’s specific NFV solution promises an improvement of at least three times the virtual machine density compared to the standard OVS implementations, according to the company, which adds that the gain depends on the number of VMs per server and the required bandwidth per VM. The company is demonstrating its solution with Intel, Ixia and Red Hat this week at the Intel Developer Forum in San Francisco.

Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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