Wind River throws its vote to network function virtualization -

Wind River throws its vote to network function virtualization

Wind River has just taken the wraps off its Open Virtualization Profile, an open source based kernel-based virtual machine (KVM)add-on to Linux-based networking designs.

Designed to support development of telecom networking systems using network functions virtualization (NFV) and cloud advancements such as software defined networking, the company plans to make the Open Virtualization Profile (OVP)  enhancement generally available sometime in Q3 2013.

According to Jim Douglas, senior vice president of marketing at Wind River, the telecommunications industry is facing challenges from the exponential increase in data traffic generated by the flood of devices connecting to an increasingly strained network.

He said developers are looking to reduce the cost of scaling and operating the network by gaining greater efficiencies in hardware utilization and energy consumption and for this reason are looking closely at such trends as software defined networking (SDN) and NFV.

To meet this need, said Douglass, the Open Virtualization Profile was developed by the company as add-on software profile for Wind River Linux using its open source Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology.

“As networks are pushed to their limits, virtualization is becoming an increasingly important approach,” he said. “Operators are looking toward NFV to support the transition to scalable platforms that enable flexible deployment of network services,”

To this end, Douglas said, the company’s Open Virtualization Profile allows the deployment of network services on virtual machines without the performance loss associated with using traditional, propriety IT-like virtualization products.

Key features of the profile that he said go a long way in achieving this goal include: extremely low latency (as low as under 3 microseconds ); flexible provisioning of virtual machines. live migration of virtual machines; and true CPU isolation.

To make it possible for developers to migrate the profile to a variety of Linux distributions, Douglas said OVP has been designed to be compatible with such frameworks such as the Yocto Project, oVirt and others.

While it supports a variety of guest operating systems, the current profile is currently optimized for the Intel architecture. It has been integrated with Intel’s Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and its Accelerated Open vSwitch.

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