6WIND recently made a number of announcements involving key industry partners, including:
- 6WIND’s participation in the Intel-HP SPECTRUM program, a community of hardware and software developers that focus on solutions to challenges in the telecommunications market segment; 6WIND provides an integrated networking solution based on 6WINDGate™ for powerful HP ProLiant servers utilizing Intel® Xeon® processors.
- Integration of 6WINDGate software with Red Hat® Enterprise Linux®; both companies have been working together to streamline the integration between 6WINDGate and Red Hat RHEL. This integration enables equipment manufacturers to accelerate the development time for networking equipment that delivers critical CAPEX and OPEX improvements for service providers.
- The availability of an optimized SDN / NFV solution comprising the Mellanox ConnectX-3 Network Interface Controller together with the 6WINDGate networking software. Combined with Mellanox’s SwitchX 40GbE switch, software, and cables, the complete solution enables telecom equipment manufacturers and operators to accelerate the deployment of virtualized and non-virtualized networks on standard high-volume servers.
The transformation of telecom and networking enabled by SDN (Software-Defined Networking) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization) is often compared to the server virtualization and cloud revolution that happened a few years ago.
There is however a major difference. Standard applications “only” need processing capabilities, memory and storage to run efficiently in a virtualized environment. Designing cloud-based network architecture and virtualized networking functions also require high speed and secured I/Os.
I believe the combination of high performance generic hardware platforms based on the latest generation of multi-core processors, leading open source software platforms, 40Gbe Ethernet solutions and the 6WINDGate data plane software is a great foundation for addressing the transformation of telecom and networking.
6WIND is committed to being a key player in the ecosystem that brings compelling solutions for the industry to accelerate network virtualization. We will lead other major industry initiatives and announce breakthrough products soon.