With the move towards software-defined infrastructure, the migration from hardware appliances to software-based networking is well under way. Within cloud providers like Amazon, Google, Facebook, proprietary hardware boxes are making way for software networking applications. And at telecom service providers, network functions virtualization (NFV) is on track to drastically disrupt legacy networking. In order for adoption to progress, providers must prove the viability of software networking applications. Deployment success requires high performance out of both commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) x86 platforms, as well as virtualized platforms.
In order to validate the promise of NFV, SDxCentral set out to conduct performance tests. In a report commissioned by 6WIND and performed by NitronLabs LLC on behalf of SDxCentral, we worked with test lab partner IXIA to validate 6WIND’s Speed Series on x86 COTS server platforms typically found in public and private cloud environments. IXIA generously donated the use of their iSimCity facilities and provided the test equipment.
6WIND Turbo Appliances provide substantial performance gains over stock Linux-based implementations with no acceleration, while building on an established and proven platform, the 6WINDGate technology. 6WINDGate has been implemented by several major network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) in an OEM context, making it prevalent at many of the world’s largest service providers.
Under the tests outlined in the report – bare metal performance and virtualized performance – 6WIND was able to prove dramatic performance improvement compared to other standard open source Linux solutions. For bare metal performance, 6WIND Turbo Router demonstrated 115 Gbps of IMIX throughput with near zero frame loss rates, and Turbo IPsec was able to handle tunnel setups as 12K/sec and maintain 240K concurrent tunnels while achieving over 70 Gbps of throughput, the maximum traffic thrown at it by the traffic generator.
In the virtualized performance arena, 6WIND Turbo Appliances combined with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator was able to outperform standard Linux-based equivalents up to 40 times depending on the metric. This result illustrates 6WIND’s ability to enable efficient and high performance NFV deployments for routing, IPsec termination, and other NFV virtual network functions (VNFs). In its virtual deployment, the Turbo Router is able to demonstrate more than 80 Gbps IMIX performance when Linux remains below 10 Gbps.
The 6WIND Speed Series brings an alternative option to specialized hardware with bare metal and virtual deployment options that deliver a unique price and performance value proposition that is worth consideration for networking and security requirements.
Attention! 6WIND will be at this year’s SDN and OpenFlow World Congress in Düsseldorf. You can find 6WIND at booth #2. Visit the booth and get a copy of this performance report!