6WIND vRouter: The SDN Virtual Router for Service Providers and Enterprises

6WIND leads market innovation to bring performance to Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) architectures so that software can replace hardware. It does this by eliminating virtual networking bottlenecks that can slow performance to a crawl.

Hypervisors, which are the virtualization layer, or foundation, include key SDN enabling technologies such as the virtual switch. As the foundation for SDN and NFV architecture, the hypervisor has taken on many tasks previously done in specialized hardware such as routing, switching, security and multi-tenancy. The hypervisor also has to support the performance requirements of 10, 25, 40 and 100G interfaces. These are tremendous burdens for hypervisors that require horsepower.

6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator is an SDN vRouter that solves SDN performance bottlenecks in the hypervisor domain for Enterprises and Service Providers. 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator vRouter reduces compute resources to maximize VM density and performance with non-intrusive virtual switch acceleration and network infrastructure features including multi-tenancy, routing and firewall. It eliminates SR-IOV and PCI Passthrough to preserve virtualization.


Nuage Networks Success with 6WIND’s SDN vRouter

Nuage Networks integrates 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator SDN vRouter within its Accelerated Virtual Routing & Switching (AVRS) platform for increased performance.

Kontron integrates 6WIND Virtual Accelerator SDN vRouter within its SYMKLOUD NFV platform as well.

Using 6WIND’s vRouter for SDN Scalability delivers many benefits

  • 6WIND’s vRouter can run in any environment including Commercial-off-the-Shelf (COTS) servers with connectivity from 1G to multiple 100Gs in bare metal and virtual machine (VM) configurations
  • One single vRouter instance can scale performance beyond 10G without modifying existing architecture
  • Eliminate SR-IOV and PCI Passthrough to preserve virtualization
  • 6WIND’s vRouter provides all required features off-the-shelf including a complete networking and routing solution beyond switching


Additional Resources

Technical Blog: VSperf Confirms 6WIND Virtual Accelerator Beats OVS-DPDK Performance

White Paper: Hardware Versus Software Switching

White Paper: NFV Portability Challenge  

Solution Brief: Enabling NFV with High Performance NFVI

Data Sheet: 6WIND Virtual Accelerator