Mellanox and Red Hat Deliver Enhanced Performance and Simplicity for NFV Infrastructure and Agile Cloud Data Centers
Mellanox ConnectX Accelerated NIC Software Available Inbox with Red Hat Technologies
While disaggregation and virtualization bring agility and efficiency to cloud and NFV infrastructure, this comes at the cost of significant network performance penalties. Over-provisioning of CPU cores to improve performance leads to much higher CapEx, and reduces total infrastructure efficiency. Furthermore, poor integration of disaggregated components results in high total cost of ownership (TCO).
To address these challenges, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 now offers inbox support for Mellanox ConnectX intelligent NICs running DPDK and Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2) OVS offload technologies. The DPDK software library improves OVS and VNF performance, at the expense of high CPU load. ASAP2 extends these capabilities to achieve high performance and efficiency, without loading the CPU. ASAP2 fully and transparently offloads CPU packet processing tasks to the ConnectX embedded switch accelerations. ASAP2 accelerates performance of key networking functions such as overlays, switching, routing, firewalls, and load balancing by an order of magnitude.
"Mellanox embraces open networking and is a top contributor to the Linux
kernel community. Through our cutting-edge NIC technologies, and joint
innovation with the world's leading provider of open source solutions
such as Red Hat, we help to eliminate the performance barriers
associated with deploying software defined cloud and NFV solutions,"
"In a production-ready NFV and cloud data center solution, a
high-performance, low-latency and high-density networking infrastructure
layer is a critical component for both a high quality end user
experience and improved cloud infrastructure efficiency," said
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