Express Virtio (XVIO) is a standards-based technology that delivers the highest networking performance, mobility and server resource utilization for Virtio-based virtual machine (VM) workloads. The innovative XVIO technology eliminates significant operational, performance and server efficiency-related challenges. XVIO brings to the standard Virtio drivers available in many Guest OS’s the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions but maintains full VM mobility. This enables virtual machines (VMs) managed using OpenStack to experience bare metal-like networking performance and at the same time supports complete hardware independence and seamless customer VM onboarding. For the cloud service provider, the benefit utilizing OpenStack cloud orchestration is a consistent and homogenous infrastructure where VMs can be placed and moved to optimize utilization of the data center while maintaining high performance.