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6WIND Completes NFV Testing IPSec with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

By Casey Houser February 08, 2016

6WIND, a networking software developer, recently announced that it has completed testing of its Turbo IPsec application on Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) ProLiant servers and Spirent load generators. The success of those tests means that 6WIND is ready to tackle application security on that hardware for telecoms that use both on-premise and cloud-based servers.

The importance of Internet Protocol Security, the networking security protocol the Internet Engineering Task Force handles and has abbreviated IPsec, cannot be understated. IPsec manages the flow of information between Internet gateways and hosts by making sure that each agent has cryptographic keys they can using during a session of communication. It guarantees the integrity of data that is sent across such networks; therefore, it is essential to providing users with secure services.

Claus Pedersen, the director of telecommunication infrastructure and network functions virtualization (NFV) at HPE, had this to say about the role that IPsec provides and development between his company and 6WIND:

“IPsec gateways are critical technology for telecom service providers and enterprises who want to offer secure connectivity services to their customers,” Pedersen said. “Combining 6WIND Turbo IPsec with Hewlett Packard Enterprise’s telco-ready ProLiant servers gives our customers network ready solutions for encryption that scale cost effectively from the lowest to the highest performance requirements.”

Eric Carmès, the CEO of 6WIND, further noted that the cost effectiveness of Turbo IPsec and HPE ProLiant is about half of what enterprises may expect from specialized hardware that achieves the same tasks.

What do clients receive with their installations? Turbo IPsec works on both bare metal and virtualized machines for companies large and small. It can work in environments that address central offices just as well as it works in large data centers. Considering both cases, telecoms may want to use the combination hardware server and software package to build small cell gateways, conduct cloud-based services, connect multiple data centers, or act as a system for remote handling of a data center.

The performance tests, which Spirent completed with its Avalanche load generator, Turbo IPsec showed that it could manage multiple loads of 10Gbps traffic within an NFV environment. Deployed as a virtual machine, it set a benchmark of 134 Gbps of secure traffic that ran through four Intel Xeon CPUs. Performance of the entire setup is expected to scale linearly with the addition of more cores, which telecoms can add to meet their needs as organizations.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

Contributing Writer

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