6WIND Supports VMware

6WIND announces high-performance packet processing software for VMware-based networking equipment

June 13, 2012

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PARIS -- 6WIND, the gold standard for packet processing in software-defined networks, today announced support for VMware vSphere® within the 6WINDGate™ packet processing software. Thanks to new optimizations within 6WINDGate, developers can now implement high-performance VMware-based virtual network appliances running on low-cost commodity hardware platforms such as Intel® Xeon® platforms that use the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK) software library. These virtual appliances deliver significant cost-performance benefits compared to traditional physical network appliances.

Facing ongoing CAPEX pressures, service providers are challenged to migrate to commodity hardware platforms as quickly as possible while continuing to deliver increased performance to end-users. At the same time, OPEX constraints require improvements in resource utilization, achieved through the efficient management of Virtual Machines (VMs) and virtual network appliances. With no way to predict the future mix of applications or the growth in workloads, networks must be architected for maximum flexibility and scalability while avoiding the complexity of instantiating multiple VMs as bandwidth requirements increase.

By supporting VMware vSphere, 6WINDGate addresses these challenges for network equipment based on VMware’s solutions. In data centers, 6WINDGate provides a high-performance packet processing solution for virtual network appliances such as Application Delivery Controllers (ADCs), firewalls, security gateways and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IPSs). Similarly, 6WINDGate minimizes CAPEX and OPEX for mobile infrastructure equipment where virtualization is increasingly deployed through Cloud Radio Access Network (CRAN) and virtualized Evolved Packet Core (EPC) architectures. 6WINDGate is fully compatible with standard versions of the ESX hypervisor.


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