Improve network performance with VM offloads

Communications networks are becoming increasingly virtualized, as more and more applications are implemented either wholly or partly in software through the use of virtual machines (VMs) –  software programs that can emulate a single process, or complete computer operating systems, and can be easily added, subtracted or adjusted as network demand changes. Customers are relying on the coexistence of VMs on a single platform to achieve a more efficient and cost effective network.

The IT industry has been focusing increasing attention on software as the potential benefits to be gained through technologies such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) become more apparent.

But hardware still has an important role to play. Indeed, much of the competitive performance and efficiency advantages that differentiate today’s leading-edge networking and telecom equipment platforms are the direct result of vendors’ varying strategies for determining which functions to emulate in software and which to offload onto silicon.

Security, data compression, cryptography, switching and packet processing are just a few of the processor-intensive functions that may benefit from implementation in hardware. Protocols for detecting network traffic issues and infrastructure bottlenecks can also gain significant performance benefits from a hardware-based approach.

In this video, Product Manager David Rosado discusses some of the challenges customers are facing with NFV and offload requirements.

 

Eric Dudley
Eric Dudley
Eric Dudley is a Senior Marketing Manager in the Digital Networking group. With over 15 years in marketing and business development Eric has a passion for driving innovative embedded devices. Eric delivers multicore SoC solutions designed for differentiated branch routers, virtual CPE, performance-class residential gateways, WLAN access points and industrial networking applications. Eric is a Founding Member of the NBASE-T multi-rate Ethernet alliance and served as the Marketing Chairman for Power.org. Eric studied International Business at California State University, Chico and Computer Science and Technical Marketing at University of Californai Berkeley. Eric is a new scoutmaster in Austin, Texas, teaching budding pyromaniacs the finer points of rocket building.

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