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Wind River Introduces New Version of Open-source, KVM Technology

By Ed Silverstein October 25, 2013

Less than a month after company president Ken Klein resigned from his post at Wind River, the company continues to innovate and has introduced new virtualization software to support NFV.

This week, Wind River introduced a new version of open-source, kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology. It allows the use of network services on virtual machines without the loss found with traditional virtualization. KVM latency is several thousand percent higher at the maximum compared to options, the company said.

The new version also has better throughput and better virtual switching throughput. In addition, vSwitch provides 450 percent quicker virtual switching compared to standard Open vSwitch.

"As new devices continue to connect to an increasingly strained network, next-generation telecom equipment must scale to support technologies such as cloud and NFV in order to meet rising data traffic demands and address new service deployment challenges," Davide Ricci, product line manager for Open Source Platforms at Wind River, said in a statement. "With Wind River Open Virtualization, customers can achieve real-time, carrier grade virtualization to roll out services anywhere on the network and boost network efficiency while significantly lowering operational costs. Operators can have greater flexibility and scalability to quickly introduce new services as needed by taking advantage of a virtualized or cloud environment with the added benefit of consolidation on standardized hardware."

The company also recently announced a new version of Wind River Intelligent Device Platform, used for building machine-to-machine applications or devices to communicate with the cloud. It is also used to connect Internet of Things (IoT) gateways. It features improved device management, upgraded security, better network options, and smarter connectivity, the company said.

“Making the most of IoT means integrating new and existing devices in an operationally efficient ecosystem, and connecting via gateways will be the most practical way to achieve scalability and minimize cost," Santhosh Nair, general manager of Intelligent Systems Group at Wind River, said. "Companies are looking for integrated solutions to help them develop compelling applications while protecting their investments, so we’re very pleased to offer a flexible platform to address these increasing needs that we’re seeing across market segments, including industrial, medical, and transportation."

Earlier this month, Klein was replaced as company president by chief operating officer Barry Mainz. Klein will remain as a member of the board of directors.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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