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6WIND Demos Virtual Accelerator Running on HP Gear

By Paula Bernier December 05, 2014

6WIND this week at HP Discover in Barcelona demonstrated its Virtual Accelerator operating at 240gbps wire speed. It was on an HP server running an IP Router Virtual Machine.

“By deploying 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator on HP servers, customers can increase VM bandwidth and density and enable the transition to NFV,” says Claus Pedersen, director, Server Telco and NFV, at HP. 

Virtual Accelerator runs within the hypervisor domain, with no modification to existing hypervisor, Linux, OpenStack, or Open vSwitch software required. It allows both new and existing virtual machines to run on x86-based servers to allow for data center virtualization, network appliance virtualization, and network functions virtualization.

6WIND developed a virtual content delivery network use case related to its Virtual Accelerator. It combines a TCP Termination module within 6WIND’s 6WINDGate packet processing software so developers can build vCDN applications with more than 100 million concurrent TCP connections. 6WINDGate is an NFV solution that maximizes virtual switch performance; accelerates secure tunneling protocols such as IPsec, GRE, NVGRE, VLAN and VxLAN; and increases VNF data plane performance.

Speaking of CDNs, 6WIND is among the founding members of the CloudNFV initiative, which was formed last year. The group is creating a platform on which members can test the integration of cloud computing, NFV, SDN, and Telemanagement Forum management solution. CDN is one use case the group is addressing.

Both 6WIND and HP, along with an array of other leading service providers and suppliers, are also members of the Open Platform for NFV Project. This group is also developing an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate NFV functionality.

As HP’s Lloyd Mayhew and Arun Gaur told NFV Zone in a recent interview, the migration to NFV will require more than just running software on x86 servers. It will entail close collaboration between hardware and software suppliers – whether through one-on-one relationships or industry groups – to enable a seamless experience for network operators. 




Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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