Part of the 6WIND vRouter family, Virtual Security Gateway is a software IPsec gateway that provides advanced networking functions including routing (L3 forwarding), stateful firewall and IPsec VPNs with IKE support.
What is 6WIND Turbo Appliances’ advantage versus competing commercial software packages and open source?
The 6WIND Turbo Appliances’ advantage is as follows: • The 6WIND Turbo Appliances deliver a cost-effective value proposition to replace proprietary equipment with networking software on Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers. • The 6WIND Turbo Appliances provide similar if not better performance compared to legacy equipment and a performance and support advantage versus open source solutions. • The 6WIND Turbo Appliances can be implemented either in bare metal or virtualized environments using the same software thus allowing an incremental upgrade path from bare metal to virtualization. • Using a 6WIND Turbo Appliance in a virtualized environment provides unrivalled flexibility for network provisioning and management.
Yes, the 6WIND Turbo Appliances are software solutions that provide optimal performance based on the chosen hardware platform. Thus, the performance and scalability of the 6WIND Turbo Appliances are a function of the hardware characteristics of the platform (CPU, frequency, cores, memory, etc.). Using 6WIND Turbo Appliances for smaller configurations saves processing resources for implementing other networking functions and applications thus enabling cost savings at the equipment or system level.
The 6WIND Turbo Appliances are licensed per server (bare metal or virtual machine). Standard licensing model is a perpetual licensing model. Several configurations are available per the delivered performance. A 6WIND Virtual Border Router is sold for a defined throughput (2G, 5G, 10G, 25G, 40G and 100G). A 6WIND Virtual Security Gateway is sold for defined throughput and a defined number of IPsec tunnels, up to 50,000 tunnels.
Do 6WIND Turbo Appliances include any GPL software?
The 6WIND Turbo Appliance software is a mix of software under GPL or other open source licenses and 6WIND license. Software under open source license included in the 6WIND Turbo Appliances is listed in the Publicly Available Software document available with every software release.
Do 6WIND Turbo Appliances implement cryptography. Is 6WIND authorized to export such a technology?
6WIND Virtual Security Gateway implements cryptography. 6WIND has all the required authorizations to export cryptography to all countries that are not under embargo. We have a dedicated document that details our export license. 6WIND Virtual Border Router does not implement any cryptography and is not submitted to export control.
How do I order and purchase Turbo Appliance software packages, support and services?
6WIND Virtual Accelerator comes as a package for the Linux distribution and is installed through standard package manager tools (yum, APT). It then runs as a service that can be started, stopped and restarted. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is transparently integrated with Linux, so that management and orchestration tools that support Linux, such as OpenStack, behave as usual.
Can 6WIND Virtual Accelerator run in an OpenStack environment?
The Turbo Appliances are built on top of 6WINDGate fast path technology, which dedicates a set of CPU cores to perform accelerated packet forwarding and ‘offloads’ the forwarding task from the Linux kernel.
How does 6WIND Turbo Appliance performance compare to standard Linux?
Standard Linux-based routing and IPsec have nowhere near the performance and efficiency of the 6WIND Turbo Appliances. The Virtual Border Router and the Virtual Security Gateway appliances have outstanding performance characteristics and are validated by a third party, SDxCentral, to deliver over 50x performance increases versus standard Linux applications.
How does 6WIND Turbo Appliances performance compare to their hardware counterparts?
Testing shows that the performance of the Virtual Border Router and Virtual Security Gateway on bare metal approaches that of similarly configured hardware appliances, while VM performance approaches bare metal as well. Check out the SDxCentral Performance Report.
How does the cost of your Turbo Appliance software solution compare against purpose-built hardware equipment?
The cost of a hardware or software solution consists of CAPEX and OPEX. In terms of CAPEX, the 6WIND Turbo Appliance solution can save you up to 80% versus hardware equipment costs. The 6WIND Turbo Appliance solution includes the x86 server and hypervisor costs.
In terms of OPEX, the biggest difference is in the cost to scale or add more capacity and quickly bring up new services. The 6WIND Turbo Appliances will save you money since adding more capacity is as simple as adding another CPU core, NIC or VM and adding a new service is a matter of bringing a new instance online. A hardware router requires rack space, power, cabling, etc.
For bare metal deployments, x86 Intel processors are supported and 6WIND will continue to support Intel’s latest processors (see datasheet for more information). Otherwise, the 6WIND Turbo Appliances can be deployed in a virtual machine.
Software Platform Support
On which hypervisors can I run the 6WIND Turbo Appliances?
6WIND Virtual Accelerator is a pure software acceleration solution deployed at the hypervisor level. By opposition to hardware techniques such as SR-IOV and PCI pass-through, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is hardware independent and provides a true virtualization solution with live migration capabilities. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator also uses standard virtio drivers to easily integrate third party virtual networking functions.
What documents are provided with 6WIND Turbo Appliance software?