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Netronome's Agilio Server Networking Platform Means New Power for Businesses

By Steve Anderson February 02, 2016

We all need a more powerful network, no matter what we're doing. We want access to all the biggest, newest, latest features, and we can't get there unless the network is up to snuff. Netronome is ready to supply that network, bringing out its new Agilio server networking platform, a powerful new combination of hardware and software that should put new power in the network.

Agilio primarily runs on its Agilio CX intelligent server adapters, systems that are built around key elements of software architecture and what's known as “flow-processing silicon.” Using several industry-standard mechanisms, Agilio can offer a variety of useful functions, ranging from load-balancing to network virtualization to even security for both the network functions virtualization (NFV) and the software-defined networking (SDN) applications that run on the x86 processors involved, as well as for the wide area network (WAN) gateways involved.

Better yet, Agilio can help deal with a phenomenon some call “virtual machine sprawl.” As more companies put virtual machines to work, delivering useful functions without the need for specialized hardware, said virtual machines will need an infrastructure to support same. Load balancers will be the biggest part of this, along with other server-based systems designed to support the care and feeding of such systems.

Yet many of these applications have somewhat of a down side, delivering poor performance and extra strain on the servers, along with some compromises in security that some firms won't want to make. Netronome believes that the answer can be found in some of the biggest data centers, a phenomenon called “server-based networking.” Netronome thus built the Agilio system with that in mind from the start, allowing companies to better operate those servers that run server-based networking.

NFV and SDN are tempting propositions; the ability to deliver new features without having to bring in a lot of specialist hardware means cost savings and potentially improved revenue streams as well. That's a double whammy for the profit equation, and thus extremely valuable. It's worth noting, however, that all these things need to run at the server level, and that can mean some congestion and slow service. A tool like Agilio might be just what's needed to perk up the servers and make such better able to accommodate the growing number of NFV-based systems that will be run therein.

A system like Agilio from Netronome should be just what the doctor ordered for a system that will be increasingly reliant on servers as the months pass, though hopefully, Agilio will be able to keep up as the demand for such server-based systems climbs.

Contributing Writer

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