6WIND, Advantech and Cloudify Demonstrate High Performance vRouter for White Box Networking at Mobile World Congress
Routing and Security Software for 4G/5G and NFV Use Cases
Santa Clara, CA and Paris, France, January 29, 2018 – 6WIND, a high-performance networking software company, today announced that it will demonstrate high performance vRouter use cases for white box networking with partners Advantech and Cloudify at Mobile World Congress. Participants will witness how high performance networking software combined with commercial-off-the-shelf servers (COTS) and open source orchestration powered by TOSCA with cloudified management can offer alternatives to expensive networking equipment.
Mobile Operators are transitioning to COTS servers with software-based appliances and virtualization to solve networking challenges that were previously only addressed with proprietary hardware solutions. Use case examples for white box networking alternatives include 4G/5G backhaul infrastructure, Broadband Network Gateways (BNG) and uCPE (universal Customer Premise Equipment).
6WIND, Advantech and Cloudify demonstrate rapid deployments of routing and security software in multi-site and private and public cloud environments. The demo infrastructure includes:
- vRouter: 6WIND Virtual Border Router™ and Virtual Security Gateway™ are routing and IPsec VPN software network appliances to be deployed in bare metal environments or as Virtual Machines (VMs) on COTS servers with licenses for 1 – 100G throughput in a single software instance.
- COTS Server: Advantech’s SKY-8101 offers an innovative white box networking hardware infrastructure in a short depth, 1RU single-socket Intel® Xeon® Scalable Processor server with a wide choice of GbE, 10GbE & 40GbE connectivity. 6WIND’s vRouter software appliances are deployed as VMs and scale linearly with the assigned processor cores.
- Management & Orchestration: Cloudify Manager is serving the VNF Manager and NFV Orchestrator functions for the 6WIND vRouter. 6WIND’s virtual appliances are instantiated on OpenStack, and OSPF routing and IPsec VPN tunnels are configured, deployed and orchestrated by Cloudify Manager with TOSCA based templates. The solution is then monitored by Grafana out of the box or any other pluggable monitoring platform of choice.
“The future of networking is high performance software on white box servers, just as we’ve already seen with examples such as cell phones and computers,” said Eric Carmès, Founder and CEO of 6WIND. “The combination of 6WIND, Advantech and Cloudify brings the promise of white box networking with a ready-to-use vRouter that can displace expensive networking hardware to save Network Operator budgets today.”
“Universal CPE has successfully disrupted the customer edge with cost-saving SD-WAN and VNF rollouts by service providers around the globe,” said Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “In the same vein, we expect this next wave of white box solutions to revolutionize the Provider Edge.”
“Building an ecosystem of interoperability is the only way to open up a market that has been a black box of closed technology to date,” said Sebastian Grabski, Solution Architect at Cloudify. “Cloudify’s goal through this partnership is to achieve both openness & interoperability, as well as greater flexibility. Through open source and open standards with TOSCA – it is now possible for organizations to build best of breed networking stacks with cutting edge technology like 6WIND & Advantech, with VNF management and orchestration across clouds and environments more rapidly and economically.”
6WIND’s networking software solves performance and time-to-market challenges for OEMs and Network Builders. The company’s packet processing software and software appliances are optimized for cost-effective hardware, such as Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers, with a choice of multicore processors to deliver a wide variety of networking and security protocols and features. 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China and the United States. For more information visit: http://www.6wind.com.