Cloud NFV Infrastructure

Netronome provides NFV infrastructure solutions with breakthrough server performance and efficiency enabling Telco cloud service providers to deliver innovative and rapid new services related to 4G/5G mobile video, data, IoT and autonomous car applications.

High-Performance 4G/5G Cloud and NFV Infrastructure

High Performance

The core building blocks of the cloud NFV infrastructure are the server and the VMs that the server hosts. The applications that run in the VMs have different resource requirements – CPU, I/O, memory, etc. As such, operators must deal with different VM profiles, and the ability to place them efficiently on the server infrastructure has a direct impact on the operator’s ability to rapidly deliver the best services. Today, these challenges result in silos of servers that are configured differently, taking down operational efficiency. What is needed is a homogenous server infrastructure managed centrally using tools like OpenStack, where VMs with any profile can be placed anywhere in the server infrastructure and moved at will while maintaining the highest levels of application performance.


Netronome SmartNICs are Solving NFV Infrastructure Problems

SmartNICs and the Future of Network Virtualization - LightReading


The Netronome Agilio solution offloads virtual switching or routing in the NFV infrastructure (NFVi) from the server CPU to the Agilio CX SmartNIC. It plugs into open source virtual switching (Open vSwitch) or virtual routing (Contrail vRouter) layers on one side and works with a wide range of management and orchestration environments such as OpenStack and Open Daylight, as well as commercial solutions from leading OEMs. The entire virtual switch or routing data plane is implemented in the Agilio CX SmartNIC enabling wire-speed 10, 25, 40 and 50Gbps performance to VMs for small packet sizes, while dramatically reducing CPU core consumption and latency. At the same time, innovative SR-IOV and express Virtio implementations enable users to maintain all SDN capabilities available in virtual switch and router implementations. Customer defined data plane processing such as for distributed security and inband telemetry can be augmented using programming languages such as P4, C and eBPF.

ROI Calculator

This ROI calculator compares the CAPEX and three-year OPEX for NFV applications built using servers with Agilio CX SmartNICs. Compared to traditional NICs, the Agilio CX SmartNICs offload and accelerate server-based networking functions, helping NFV applications to run faster and improving overall server efficiency. The comparison assumes an Intel server with 24 physical CPU cores and a 40GbE network interface per server. Additional configurations can be provided upon request.

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