Guest post by 6Wind
TL;DR: NFV Promises To Alter The Value Proposition For Network Operators Of All Sizes
As we prepare for SDN Asia 2015 in Singapore this October, we look forward to discussing how executive telecom decision makers want to capitalize on the APAC market’s propensity for rapid technology adoption by providing an abundance of services at the lowest costs. NFV enables rapid service creation while lowering costs, but it is necessary to not sacrifice performance in the process.
Performance continues to drive the NFV discussion because without proper oversight, virtual machines and cloud infrastructure can be real headaches by demanding increasing requirements of hardware to accommodate an increasing software footprint. To achieve an abundance of services at the lowest costs, enabling performance in the initial design architecture will help further drive the costs down. There are two major areas of performance bottlenecks that organizations should evaluate to enable the full promise of NFV.
NFV Infrastructure Bottlenecks
In the NFV Infrastructure, additional software layers increase performance bottlenecks that can negate any cost savings and flexible service creation promised by NFV. These bottlenecks are at the driver level and at the hypervisor level with techniques such as virtual switching with Open vSwitch and Linux bridge.
Commercial vendors exist to solve these NFV Infrastructure performance challenges quickly, reducing time to market with software packages for the hypervisor domain that include the necessary networking stacks for NFV Infrastructure, and support. When selecting a commercial vendor, transparency is a key requirement so that modifications are not required by Linux, Open vSwitch, OpenStack, or SDN Controllers and you don’t have to deploy additional engineering resources with each code release.
Virtual Network Function (VNF) Bottlenecks
VNF performance is critical as these are the applications that your revenue will depend on. To fuel these applications, accelerating your hypervisor is a great start, but not enough. VNFs should never hide behind the performance of the hypervisor; they should be equally tuned. With properly accelerated virtual networking infrastructure and application environments, the VNFs are ready to communicate with each other at a high speed, delivering the best performance with the least amount of processing resources, which is the holy grail of NFV price/performance.
Stop by 6WIND’s booth at SDN Asia in Singapore and learn how to get the best price/performance for your NFV Infrastructure and VNFs. We will have the following demos for you:
High Performance NFV Infrastructure
6WIND Virtual Accelerator:
- Wire speed virtual switching and networking
- No change to hypervisor, Open vSwitch, OpenStack or SDN Controllers
High Performance VNFs
6WIND Turbo Router
- 2x performance at ¼ the price of competing software routers
- Over 200 Gbps throughput on x86 servers
6WIND Turbo IPsec
- World’s first high performance software IPsec gateway
- Over 100 Gbps throughput on x86 servers