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Virtualisation platform cuts cost for network deployments

Posted: 10 Nov 2014 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Artesyn Embedded Technologies? virtualisation platform? load balancing? server? network?

Artesyn Embedded Technologies has unveiled an open hardware and software solution that allows network equipment and service providers to reduce time-to-market and cost when implementing virtualised applications in next-generation networks. The Centellis Virtualisation Platform (Centellis VP) includes the industry standard OpenFlow and OpenStack software stacks for software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualisation (NFV).

The Centellis VP allows service providers to run multiple virtualised applications such as firewall, deep packet inspection (DPI), security, or session border controller on a single hardware platform, thus eliminating the need for multiple application-specific hardware platforms, added the company.

Load-balanced switching makes virtual application deployment even more efficient. Network traffic enters the Centellis VP through the switch blades, where Artesyn's FlowPilot load balancing software direct traffic flows to the appropriate virtualised application, reducing the need for processor-intensive virtual switching (vSwitch). Artesyn's Centellis VP is based on open hardware and software architectures, is carrier-grade and designed to be certified to NEBS standards.

The Artesyn Centellis VP application virtualisation software framework has been optimised using the Intel Accelerated Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). It is integrated with a widely-deployed ATCA hardware architecture to ensure a multi-vendor payload ecosystem combined with the scalability and maintainability of a bladed architecture, the company said. The Centellis VP is capable of up to 160Gb/s server interconnect to provide the bandwidth required for line-rate application processing and includes up to 12 dual-processor Artesyn ATCA-7480 server blades based on the latest Intel Xeon E5-2600 V3 processors.

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