Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the Centellis™ Virtualization Platform (Centellis VP), an open hardware and software solution that enables network equipment and service providers to save time-to-market and cost when implementing virtualized applications in next-generation networks…
Artesyn Embedded Technologies today announced the Centellis™ Virtualization Platform (Centellis VP), an open hardware and software solution that enables network equipment and service providers to save time-to-market and cost when implementing virtualized applications in next-generation networks. It includes the industry standard OpenFlow and OpenStack software stacks for software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV). The Centellis VP enables service providers to run multiple virtualized 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.
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 virtualized 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.
Todd Wynia, vice president for communication products, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, said: “As service providers virtualize more applications, they can shorten their development time and cost with a highly scalable and carrier-grade platform such as Artesyn’s Centellis VP. Because our virtualization framework software is based on industry standard NFV stacks, virtual functions can be sourced from multiple vendors, avoiding application vendor lock-in and providing the best total cost of ownership.”
The Artesyn Centellis VP application virtualization software framework has been optimized 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 Centellis VP is capable of up to 160 Gbps 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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