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Wind River Hawks Performance of Its NFV Solution

By Paula Bernier May 07, 2014

Wind River is promoting what it calls the industry-leading performance of its vSwitch accelerated virtual switch, which is integrated within the NFV-based Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server. According to the company, this solution can deliver 12 million packets per second to guest virtual machines using two processor cores on an industry-standard server, which is 20 times the performance possible from standard Open vSwitch software used in data centers today and involves 33 percent fewer CPU resources, Wind River says.

As discussed in INTERNET TELEPHONY’s April cover story, carriers have joined forces to develop standards that will allow their telecom equipment to run on off-the-shelf servers so they can more effectively compete with their app-based competitors. This initiative, known as network functions virtualization, or NFV, will help turn hardware-based telcos into software telcos – allowing them to be more flexible in rolling out new offerings while saving money in the process. Meanwhile, software-defined networking will help them more effectively manage their networks. (To learn more about NFV and SDN, join TMC at Software Telco Congress, which is co-located with ITEXPO, Aug. 12-14 at The Rio in Las Vegas.)

The solution, which leverages a dual-socket Intel Xeon processor platform running at 2.9gHz, is also noteworthy because it expedites the deployment of virtualized applications by supporting a wide range of guest operating systems running in the VMs. It’s available now as an early release for select customers.

“As a key element in our Carrier Grade Communications Server, our accelerated vSwitch was designed from the ground-up to incorporate the carrier-grade features that are critically important for telecom networks that must deliver six 9s reliability,” said Mike Langlois, general manager of the communications business for Wind River. "For example, the accelerated vSwitch provides fast convergence during live migration of VMs, while minimizing the impact of dirty page updates. To allow for optimum resource allocation, it provides deterministic processing performance without the jitter of over 10 percent exhibited by the standard Open vSwitch. Finally, protocols such as LAG, VLAN tagging, and VXLAN provide the security features that are essential for telecom networks.”

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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