Sovrn, which provides a platform for content from 25,000 independent online publishers, received an end-of-support notification for the Brocade Vyatta virtual routers it had been leasing, and it needed a replacement. Sovrn has selected 6WIND’s Turbo IPsec vRouters as a drop-in replacement.
In June 2017 AT&T purchased the Brocade Vyatta vRouter technology for its own internal use, and it discontinued support of the product for other customers. Sovrn had been leasing the Vyatta vRouter technology from SoftLayer, which had arranged for a support extension from AT&T. But Sovrn was looking for a long-term solution, and it found 6WIND.
Back in August 2017 after AT&T had purchased the Vyatta vRouter, 6WIND realized that it had the capability to provide a direct replacement for it. That same month it began offering its Turbo Router software to Brocade vRouter customers.
For its part, Sovrn has been an early adopter of vRouters, which it uses instead of traditional hardware routers. It uses vRouters to route and secure traffic between multiple regional data centers with multiple server pools, deployed globally, according to a 6WIND spokesperson.
With 6WIND’s vRouter, Sovrn exceeded its 5 Gb/s throughput metric for BGP, firewalling, and IPsec VPNs when testing traffic from its data centers to Amazon Web Services (AWS). The Turbo IPsec vRouter’s performance scales with the number of cores allocated to the system, giving Sovrn the flexibility to add additional capacity on demand.
6WIND vRouters are available in bare metal and virtual machine configurations and run on commercial-off-the-shelf servers. Its vRouters are available in Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec software packages with license options from 1G to 100G.
As an aside, AT&T has since incorporated Brocade’s Vyatta Network Operating System (NOS) stack as an integral part of its white box cell site gateway router.