6WIND Demonstrates Virtual Accelerator for NFV Infrastructure at Dell World

Performance and Features To Enable Acceleration and Service Chaining on Dell NFV Platform Transparently to OpenStack and Linux

Austin, Texas, November 5, 2014 – 6WIND, a high-performance software company, today announced that it will demonstrate Virtual Accelerator, the first product in its new Speed Series family, at Dell World. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator provides accelerated virtual switching and networking features for virtual infrastructures to enable Network Function Virtualization (NFV), data center virtualization and network appliance virtualization. At Dell World, 6WIND will demonstrate wire speed 240 Gbps aggregate bandwidth on Dell’s NFV platform running an IP Forwarding virtual machine (VM).

6WIND Virtual Accelerator runs within the hypervisor domain with a hardware-independent architecture that allows new and existing VMs to be integrated quickly onto x86-based servers. As the industry’s only transparent virtual infrastructure acceleration solution, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is provided as a simple software package so that customers do not have to replace or modify existing software such as Open vSwitch (OVS), Linux, Hypervisors and OpenStack.

The 6WIND Virtual Accelerator delivers:

• Network hardware independence for seamless hardware upgrades, including 10G to 40G to 100G ports
• Wire speed performance required to enable high density, compute intensive VMs on a single server
• Flexible virtual switching support for Open vSwitch and Linux bridge with no modifications
• Complete virtual networking infrastructure with VLAN, VXLAN, Virtual Routing, IP Forwarding, Filtering and NAT
• Native Virtio support for VMs based on different OSs
• High bandwidth for VM to VM communications required for Service Chaining
• Transparent orchestration support for OpenStack

Enabling NFV, Data Center Virtualization and Appliance Virtualization

The networking and telecom industries are undergoing a transformation due to advances with virtualization on standard servers that promise cost savings, scalability and flexibility. However, if the proper software architecture is not deployed on servers with the transition to new generation architecture, competitive advantage and time-to-market will be lost because performance and functionality will decrease versus specialized equipment. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator enables the transition by delivering the performance, features and network hardware independence required for virtual networking on standard servers, without changing the existing infrastructure.

6WIND Virtual Accelerator maximizes virtual infrastructure throughput to enable dozens of high bandwidth, or hundreds of low bandwidth, virtual applications on a server. By leveraging the least amount of compute cores for packet processing, more cores can be used for VMs. Over 200 Gbps virtual infrastructure throughput can be achieved on a single server, with 80% of the processing cores left to run Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) or virtual appliances inside VMs.

Developers can leverage 6WIND Virtual Accelerator to design virtual infrastructure for:

• NFV applications including VNFs such as vEPC, vBRAS, vIPsec, vCDN and more
• Data Center Virtualization such as OpenStack clouds
• Appliance Virtualization for Routers, Application Delivery Controllers, Firewalls, Security Gateways, WAN Optimization and more

“Our NFV platform is open, giving Service Providers a choice of technology to design the best virtual infrastructure for their application requirements,” said Arpit Joshipura, VP of Product Management and Strategy for Dell Networking. “By deploying 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator on the Dell NFV platform, customers can increase VM bandwidth, density and enable Service Chaining with industry-standard Linux and OpenStack.”

“6WIND enables NFV on Dell’s platform by providing the infrastructure to support high density and compute intensive virtual applications,” said Eric Carmès, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. “Our Virtual Accelerator can seamlessly provide Dell customers with the required combination of hardware independence, performance, features, VM integration and management as a simple software update to their existing architecture.”

6WIND Virtual Accelerator is available for 1, 2 and 4 socket Intel x86-based servers with DPDK, multi-vendor NICs and major Linux distributions.

6WIND Virtual Accelerator will be demonstrated at Dell World in Austin, Texas in 6WIND’s booth #1E6B. For more information on 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, please visit: http://6wind.com/products/6wind-virtual-accelerator/

About 6WIND

6WIND’s commercial software solves performance challenges for network vendors in telecom, enterprise and cloud infrastructure markets. The company’s packet processing software is optimized for cost-effective hardware running Linux with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features. By solving critical data plane performance challenges on multicore architectures, 6WIND enables a cost-effective value proposition, enabling the transition to the future with network functions virtualization (NFV). 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. For more information, visit http://6wind.com.

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