As companies migrate to the cloud, operators of data centers and connectivity networks need to continuously increase capacity and performance in a cost-effective manner. Virtualization has already enabled enterprise applications and services to migrate; the next challenge is migrating networking and storage functions. An example is the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) initiative in the Telecom Services market.
The key challenge for appliance vendors is delivering the same performance and efficiency in a virtual environment. While many functions can be executed in software at acceptable performance, there is a trade-off between the flexibility that software can provide and the number of CPU cores and servers required to deliver the same level of performance. This ultimately impacts cost-efficiency and the bottom line.
Napatech is addressing these challenges with high-performance solutions that are flexible, cost-efficient, and designed specifically for virtual environments. Our solutions are based on a common Network Interface Card (NIC) hardware designed to support multiple virtual networking, storage and compute acceleration solutions at data rates from 1G to 100G. The NFV NIC is developed specifically for NFV and can be deployed in any server at any point in the network. Based on a Field-Programmable Gate Array (FPGA), the NFV NIC can be re-configured allowing re-use and thereby improved total cost of ownership.
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