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Netronome Debuts Agilio Server Networking Platform for Intelligent Data Offload

By Laura Stotler January 26, 2016

Businesses of all sizes are under pressure to increase networking efficiencies while lowering cost, all while dealing with ever-increasing volumes of data. Network functions virtualization (NFV) is rapidly becoming a popular way to achieve these goals, and a number of new products and technologies are coming to market to help businesses adopt NFV.

Intelligent networking specialist Netronome is embracing the importance of NFV and has released its new Agilio Server Networking Platform, geared toward businesses of all sizes. The new intelligent platform is comprised of hardware and software and transparently offloads server-based networking data paths. These include offerings like the Contrail vRouter from Juniper Networks, Linux firewalls and open virtual switches (OVS).

The result is that organizations benefit from increased efficiencies throughout their data center compute infrastructure with up to five times higher throughput. They also benefit from reduced CPU requirements of up to 80 percent compared to traditional server-based networking, ultimately enabling massive efficiencies at a significantly lower price point.

“While server-based networking is providing higher efficiency and scale for the world’s largest data centers, the need for SDN and NFV is accelerating the demand for increased performance across the broad spectrum of cloud-based data centers,” said Niel Viljoen, co-founder and CEO of Netronome. “The purpose-built Agilio platform uniquely addresses a critical inflection point in the industry caused by rapid software innovations in server-based networking on one side, and the burgeoning cost of compute on the other, resulting in the rise of heterogeneous computing.” 

The Agilio platform features Agilio CX intelligent server adapters based on a flow processing silicon and software architecture that work with standard off-the-shelf servers. The adapters use onboard memory for support of up to two million security policies while delivering 28Mpps of throughput. The platform is also easily updated via software and without the need for a hardware refresh. Offload of server-based networking functions is achieved transparently as well, enabling easy configuration with cloud management tools like OpenStack along with scalable cloud deployments.

“Proven and robust cloud management with Mirantis OpenStack enables service providers and enterprises to accelerate their SDN and NFV adoption,” said Kamesh Pemmaraju, vice president of product marketing at Mirantis. “The Agilio platform supports standard OVS interfaces, helping to maintain a high level of cloud management user experience while delivering hardware acceleration and resulting efficiencies.”

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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