6WIND: Telecom Infrastructure Networking Expert

6WIND leads technical innovation by helping customers migrate from expensive proprietary hardware to software networking appliances. For the past decade, worldwide customers rely on 6WIND’s routing, security and TCP networking stacks to design optimized networking equipment in the industry.

In 2013, 6WIND launched the DPDK.org (Data Plane Development Kit) open source project before successfully transferring it to the Linux Foundation in 2017. Initially designed for Intel architectures, DPDK is now the de facto framework to provide standardized services for high performance packet processing.

6WIND’s flagship 6WINDGate source code is high performance packet processing software designed natively on DPDK. 6WINDGate has been successfully deployed in telecom infrastructures for BNG, security gateways, CG-NAT and core routers by major telecom operators including AT&T and EOLO and equipment vendors including Cisco and Alaxala.

 

Telecom Infrastructure Requirements

To manage cost and performance challenges, telecom operators must evolve existing network architectures to reduce capital expenses, scale flexible networking architectures and accelerate service creation.

Today, high performance specialized hardware equipment can be replaced by white-box hardware and a virtualized or containerized architecture to instantiate networking functions and applications (routing, security, firewall, BNG, CG-NAT, load-balancing, etc.).

However, networking software running on COTS servers has to achieve the required level of performance for telecom infrastructure. This is now possible with optimized networking stacks like 6WINDGate that scale very efficiently on multicore platforms. For instance, 6WINDGate can forward 12 million packets per second per core with minimal latency, or encrypt 12 Gbps with a single processor core.

The same 6WINDGate software can be used as a high-performance networking foundation for telecom infrastructure equipment in different use cases including bare metal, virtualized or containerized software network appliances that can also be instantiated in public clouds. 6WINDGate can also be used to accelerate network performance in the hypervisor layer for virtualized solutions.

Beyond performance, 6WINDGate provides a complete management layer (NETCONF, CLI), automated deployment capabilities and complete visibility on the telecom infrastructure stack for real-time diagnosis.

 

6WINDGate: Source Code for Telecom Infrastructure

6WINDGate provides a comprehensive software networking stack to migrate from hardware to software appliances for a wide range of Telecom Infrastructure equipment including border and core routers, BNG, CG-NAT or security gateways:

  • Acceleration of all data plane features required for telecom infrastructure including switching, routing, encapsulation, firewall, IPsec, QoS, PPP, L2TP, CG-NAT, TCP and more for a wide range of environments (bare metal, virtual machines, containers, public clouds).
  • Industry’s highest performance stacks to meet telecom infrastructure requirements.
  • Linux-friendly architecture helps developers focus on application-level software to quickly differentiate their products and shorten time-to-market.
  • Complete and extensible NETCONF / YANG management architecture for installation, configuration, monitoring and analytics.
  • Support for Intel and Arm platforms.

6WINDGate’s on-line documentation is available for architecture overview, supported protocols, feature details, performance reports and software module data sheets.

 

Additional Resources

6WINDGate Documentation

 

Customer Wins

EOLO Builds Next-gen SDN Routers for Ultra-broadband Internet Services

Alaxala Expands 10 Year Partnership with 6WIND for High Performance Telecom Networking

 

Webinar

Migrate from Hardware to Software Appliances with 6WINDGate Accelerated Networking Stacks