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Part of the 6WIND vRouter family, Virtual Border Router is a full featured software router and provides advanced networking functions that include routing (L3 forwarding) and stateful firewall.
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 based on the proven 6WINDGate technology that has been deployed for years in Tier 1 networks worldwide.
Border Router, CG-NAT, uCPE VNF, Multi-cloud vRouter and more.
• Securing mobile network infrastructures (backhaul and eNodeB inter-communications).
• Site-to-site VPN.
• IPsec VPN aggregation.
My performance requirements are modest compared to the performance of the Turbo Appliances. Should I consider using the Turbo Appliances and for which reasons?
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.
How to buy
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.
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.
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.
Please Contact 6WIND for ordering information here.
These are some of the features available for Virtual Border Router
- IPv4 Forwarding
- IPv6 Forwarding
- Tunneling (IPinIP)
- IPv4/IPv6 ACLs
- Flow Inspection / Packet Capture
- RIP, RIPng
- OSPFv2, v3
- BGP, BGP4+
Virtual Security Gateway has all of the Virtual Border Router features plus
- Intel® Multi-Buffer Crypto
- Intel® Quickassist Crypto
- IPsec IPv4
- IPsec IPv6
- IPsec SVTI
- Security – IKEv1 and IKEv2
- Security – IKE add-on – VPN monitoring
Please refer to the 6WIND Turbo Appliance data sheets for latest information.
Note: for features not listed contact a 6WIND sales representative
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.
Yes. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator is compatible with the latest versions of OpenStack.
Yes. 6WIND has developed plug-ins to have 6WIND Virtual Accelerator installed with Mirantis Fuel and Canonical Juju Charm.
Yes, it is transparent to SDN Controllers. Examples include OpenDaylight, Nuage Networks and Midokura.
Performance & Scalability
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.
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.
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
Any hypervisor with Virtio, VMXNET3 or SR-IOV support including KVM and VMware ESXi.
The Turbo Appliances are VNFs (VMs) that can be deployed in a VMware or Microsoft virtual environment using VMXNET3, Virtio or SR-IOV.
Boards And System Support
In bare metal, 6WIND Turbo Appliances run on standard Intel x86 servers and have been tested with Dell, HP and Advantech servers.
Yes. 6WIND Turbo Appliances are available for 1, 2 and 4 socket Intel x86-based servers.
Cisco, Intel and Mellanox. Please see data sheet for most up to date information.
6WIND Virtual Accelerator is not required to deploy the 6WIND Turbo Appliances.
Yes, 6WIND Turbo Appliances can run on top of SR-IOV.
Which benefits do I receive by deploying 6WIND Turbo Appliances on top of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator?
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.
Quick Start Guide, User Guide, Publicly Available Software, product documentation.
Yes. The 6WIND Turbo Appliance software can be evaluated. Please contact 6WIND to request an evaluation here.