6WIND upgrades NFV platform on 40 Gbps Advantech servers

6WIND has upgraded to its OpenStack NFV Test Drive platform on Advantech servers comprising 40 GE wire speed connectivity on Ubuntu OpenStack compute nodes, the company said.

The new compute nodes are integrated into the existing OpenStack environment, delivering a choice of OpenStack distributions and 10/40 GE connectivity. The NFV Test Drive platform includes 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, which delivers wire speed performance and resource optimization for KVM hypervisors.

Network Operators, Application Vendors and Integrators can now test drive their software applications, deployed as virtual machines on OpenStack compute nodes that are configured with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, and observe increased forwarding performance across 10 or 40 GE networks.

Hypervisor bottlenecks reduce software application performance, slowing adoption of NFV and limiting the scale of data centers beyond 10G. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator accelerates Open vSwitch within OpenStack deployments without disrupting the KVM hypervisors, SDN Controllers or other management functions. Network Operators leverage 6WIND Virtual Accelerator to scale and optimize system resources providing virtual applications with bare metal performance without resorting to hardware workarounds such as SR-IOV or PCI passthrough that break virtualization.

6WIND´s commercial software is available for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. The company´s 6WINDGate packet processing software is optimized for Linux with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features.