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Radware and 6WIND Achieve 20 Gbps Performance on OpenStack

By Rory Lidstone April 21, 2016

High performance networking software company 6WIND has jointly announced with Radware, a provider of cyber security and application delivery solutions, that Radware’s Application Delivery Controller (ADC), the Alteon NG VA, can perform at 20 Gbps using the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator. This was confirmed via Speed Certification tests with Alteon NG VA in a VM on a standard OpenStack KVM hypervisor leveraging Virtual Accelerator.

The reason this is so significant is that it proves it’s possible to achieve and sustain virtualized performance above and beyond industry expectations for NFV using an OpenStack environment.

This news comes not long after 6WIND partnered with Kalray, a provider of acceleration solutions for data centers, to improve data center infrastructure with NFV. The partnership involves combining Kalray's KONIC-80 Smart NICs with 6WIND's 6WINDGate packet processing software to facilitate high throughput applications in SDN, NFV and data center networking.

“Mobile operators are constantly looking for ways to make the network more agile and flexible. As quad-play services and the Internet of Things takes off, the demand on the network will accelerate exponentially,” said Frank Yue, Director, Solution Marketing, Application Delivery for Radware. “While it's good news for the consumer that they will be able to take advantage of connected living and watch their favorite shows on the move, the operator will be in a constant cycle of balancing the load and meeting performance expectations.”

Radware’s certification means network operators can confidently exploit the advantages of virtual infrastructures and OpenStack environments. This is especially true since traditionally OpenStack meant advantages in network optimization with the downside of slower network speeds. With Alteon NG VA and 6WIND Virtual Accelerator working in tandem, however, operators can eliminate the use of PCI passthrough/SR-IOV and cost effectively move to an NFV architecture without compromising performance or impacting the virtualization environment.

“High performance virtual Application Delivery Controllers are critical to realize the promise of NFV,” said Eric Carmès, CEO and founder of 6WIND. “6WIND Speed Certification for Radware's Alteon vADC ensures Network Operators can leverage virtual infrastructure to cost-effectively transition to NFV with the right level of performance.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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