New NFV test drive portal now open

Just before the Intel Network Builders Summit opens at the Westin Saint Francis in San Francisco today, Advantech will have announced the fruits of its initiative with 6WIND to build a Network Function Virtualization (NFV) acceleration test drive portal running on Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service platform. Although there are quite a few proof-of-concept initiatives and open source cloud projects going on, this one has a slightly different spin on it.

At Advantech we wanted to put together an NFV evaluation framework that would give a community of developers access to a much broader set of hardware platforms deployable in many different locations in the network as virtualization is not only about running network functions in the data center. The community we aim to bring together is one where people with similar philosophies about telecom cloud architecture who recognize the need for greater NFV elasticity can openly collaborate together.

We believe that by opening up this first Test Drive portal with 6WIND, developers can get ahead of the curve and begin to test different NFV Infrastructures on platforms destined for deployment closer to the subscriber in the access network,  mobile edge and in customer premises (vCPE) as well as the network core and telecom data center.

Advantech RES provides connectivity to different systems in Advantech’s Taipei Labs. These include carrier grade servers and blade servers as well as Network Appliances and AdvancedTCA systems. Together with key middleware and NFVI partners like 6WIND we define the appropriate hardware platform (compute, network interfaces, acceleration features and storage) upon which they build their own test and evaluation services open to an ecosystem community of VNF vendors, networking equipment providers and telecom operators.

With 6WIND we offer access to hardware installations in the RES labs, upon which 6WIND has built their own portal providing access to dedicated and secure evaluation hardware for the testing and benchmarking of both accelerated and non-accelerated virtual environments. 6WIND selected Advantech for the this portal mainly due to the fact that the breadth of choice and sheer scalability of x86-based networking gear from Advantech offers a lot of flexibility for customers to test the 6WIND product range. VNF developers and operators have an unprecedented choice of networking gear available which allows them to tap into the processing power of several CPU cores or several hundred. With connectivity to a wide range of 1, 10, 40 and 100GbE ports, the scale-out and service chaining of VNFs can be benchmarked with finer precision to identify platforms that are able to meet specific service level agreements.

The initial connects to 5-node AdvancedTCA installations with one dual Intel Xeon blade configured as a control node and two pairs of dual Intel Xeon blades. One pair has  the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator enabled while the other runs without acceleration. 6WIND’s Turbo Appliances have also been integrated with the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator for rapid evaluation of accelerated virtual switching and networking infrastructure, along with third party virtual functions, using Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Services. VNF vendors, equipment providers and operators  can test the performance of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator, Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec, along with other third-party VNFs on specific Advantech hardware platforms scaling from several Intel Atom-based cores to hundreds of Intel Xeon cores. Developers can verify if they reach the performance necessary in various service chaining scenarios on a particular server platform. In addition, operators can rapidly verify if a specific platform gives them the manageability, scalability and carrier grade resiliency they require for NFV deployments.

If you’re down at the Intel Network Builders Summit in conjunction with Intel Developer Forum 2015 (IDF15) look out for Peter Marek and Paul Stevens from Advantech or Kelly LeBlanc from 6WIND, they’ll be glad to tell you more and set you up for a demo on the show floor. You can find us for the duration of IDF15 in the Intel Network Builders Zone, Booth #157 where Emre Eraltan from 6WIND will be giving demos throughout the event.

If you’re not going to either of these events just point your browser at and watch a demo video then navigate to the tab marked “register”. Fill out the simple form and one of our representatives will get back to you promptly to discuss your requirements and set up a Test Drive session. From that point we will take you for a full Test Drive and walk you through the on-line set-up. Once we agree on your needs and evaluation period we’ll send you your login details so you can get started on your own.

Eric van Vliet – Product Sales Manager

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