6WIND, a “high-performance” networking software company, has announced integration with Mirantis OpenStack to simplify joint customer deployments for high performance data centers and Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI).
6WIND Virtual Accelerator, which is hypervisor acceleration software, will integrate an OpenStack Fuel plugin for increased application throughput and efficiency in KVM environments. Both companies have worked together to release a Mirantis certified 6WIND Virtual Accelerator Fuel plugin. Developed in open source, Fuel would provide an intuitive, GUI-driven experience for deployment and management of a variety of OpenStack distributions and plugins.
Hypervisor bottlenecks reduce application performance, slowing adoption of NFV and limiting the scale of data centers beyond 10G. Based on DPDK, 6WIND Virtual Accelerator provides a packet processing solution for a full-featured and “high performance” virtual networking infrastructure allowing:
- High performance I/Os leveraging DPDK, with multi-vendor NIC support
- High performance virtual switching (Open vSwitch and Linux bridge) and networking (Overlays, Filtering/NAT, IP Forwarding, IPsec)
- Support for existing workloads through standard Virtio drivers
“Many Network Operators are working with Mirantis OpenStack as they transition to NFV,” said Kamesh Pemmaraju, VP of Product Marketing at Mirantis. “The partnership between Mirantis and 6WIND expands the use cases for OpenStack NFV by leveraging Fuel to automate hypervisor scaling for critical high performance virtual networking requirements.”
6WIND Virtual Accelerator’s Fuel plugin would automate the deployment of DPDK-based hypervisor acceleration in Mirantis OpenStack for virtual applications to scale from 10 to 40 to 100 Gbps throughput without disrupting the KVM hypervisors, SDN Controllers or OpenStack.
6WIND Virtual Accelerator includes full synchronization with the OS networking stack and zero configuration for Linux architectures, benefiting its Fuel plugin users with flexibility to automatically scale system resources according to application bandwidth requirements.
“To realize the promise of NFV with OpenStack deployments, hypervisor acceleration is required so that performance is not sacrificed with virtualization,” said Eric Carmès, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. “Combining 6WIND‘s Fuel plugin with Mirantis OpenStack automates hypervisor scaling, delivering bare metal performance for NFV applications without added complexity.”