Ethernity Networks Intros New FPGA-based vRouter

Ethernity Networks Intros New FPGA-based vRouter Image Credit: Ethernity Networks

Ethernity Networks announced the introduction of its ENET vRouter network appliance, enabling 100Gbps routing functionality in inexpensive commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers.

It is ideal for communications service providers, internet service providers, and enterprise data center administrators designing next-generation programmable networks, says Ethernity Networks.

The ENET vRouter combines Ethernity’s comprehensive embedded vRouter software with its ACE-NIC100 FPGA SmartNIC and cost-efficient COTS servers to deliver a carrier-grade switch/router appliance, thereby utilizing existing investment in data center hardware. By simply plugging Ethernity’s solution into COTS servers, operators and network administrators can avoid heavy investment in purchasing rigid proprietary router equipment and gain an all-programmable switch/router platform.

Moreover, Ethernity’s FPGA-based data plane acceleration within the ENET vRouter appliance fully offloads networking and security functions from the server CPUs, which are better appropriated to the control plane. This not only offers enhanced networking performance, but also optimizes CPU utilization by freeing the server CPUs to handle user applications.

The ENET vRouter network appliance is available in two convenient ordering options: Ethernity vRouter software and a pluggable ACE-NIC100 SmartNIC, for installation in third-party COTS servers, and a ready-to-use turnkey appliance that includes a server with the vRouter software and ACE-NIC100 SmartNIC installed. The ENET vRouter is currently under evaluation by multiple potential Asian customers.

Eugene Zetserov, VP of Product Marketing, Ethernity Networks
Ethernity’s vRouter network appliance is the first product that integrates server-based carrier-grade switch-router functionality with FPGA acceleration into a COTS x86 platform. It reflects Ethernity’s strategy to integrate comprehensive network software with FPGA hardware acceleration in a single solution.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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