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MontaVista Announces MV Cloud Support for the Cavium ThunderX Workload Optimized Processor Family

Leading Platform for NFV, Cloud RAN and SDN Customers

SAN JOSE, Calif. and Computex, Taipei, June 3, 2014 –MontaVista® Software, LLC, a leader in Carrier Grade Linux and Cloud Platform software solutions, today announced the availability of the MV Cloud platform for the ThunderX SoC product family from Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for enterprise, cloud, data center, wired and wireless infrastructure. 

MV Cloud is built upon MontaVista’s seventh generation CGE7 product, a high availability Carrier Grade Linux operating system that is optimized for networking performance and operation in embedded, low latency environments. MV Cloud enables rapid deployment of a highly reliable and high performance cloud platforms that are open, extensible with a rich application ecosystem.  MV Cloud extends support for a massive ecosystem of open source and third party software that includes KVM, OpenvSwitch (OVS), Open Data Plane (ODP), Openstack and Open DayLight.  In addition, MV Cloud offers significant key differentiating features that include:

  • Hypervisor layer that provides realtime-deterministic latency response and optimized capabilities for resource utilization and reservation for virtualized environment
  • Tools for Analytics, debugging and Traceability across the layers of the entire Cloud platform.
  • Application context and intelligence through a fully integrated Policy Management framework
  • OSS/BSS integration specifically customized for virtualized loads built on top of Cloud environments like NFV.
  • Optimization and improved latency for Cloud RAN use cases
  • Cloud platform intelligence for providing function and service offload in the hardware.

Together these features provide a focused fit for NFV, Cloud RAN and SDN customers.

MontaVista will deliver a tightly integrated and highly optimized solution for the ThunderX SoC Family.  MV Cloud leverages the workload optimized features of ThunderX that enable offloading of networking, security and data plane processing, and dynamic VM per core allocation.

“MontaVista is a leading provider of carrier grade Linux and Cloud solutions. MV Cloud is a Cloud Platform solution that leverages Cavium’s ThunderX SoC solution, allowing for high performance switching offload, using the SoC’s state-of-the-art integrated multicore architecture.” says Monear Jalal, Senior Director of Marketing for MontaVista, “Cavium’s ThunderX and MontaVista’s MV Cloud Platform provides a highly integrated solution to meet the demand of the next generation software defined datacenter.”

“Our partnership with MontaVista has been established over the years, and jointly Cavium and MontaVista offer best-in-class solutions that are highly optimized and feature rich.  The extension of MV Cloud support for the ThunderX family of SoCs is further commitment from MontaVista to maintain this leadership position with Cavium.  We strongly believe that the MV Cloud-ThunderX solution will be highly desirable to customers developing a wide range of Cloud enabled products,” said Larry Wikelius, Director Thunder Ecosystems and Partner Enablement. “MontaVista has a strong reputation with Carrier Grade Linux deployments over the years, and the MV Cloud offering will extend MontaVista’s reach into the server segment as well.”

The ThunderX product family provides best in class 64-bit ARMv8 data center and cloud processors, which we believe will offer an unprecedented level of integration and industry leading ARMv8 SoC performance. With high performance custom cores, single and dual socket configurations, very high memory bandwidth, large memory capacity, integrated hardware accelerators, fully virtualized core and IO, scalable Ethernet fabric and feature rich I/O’s that enable best in class performance/$ and performance/watt.  The ThunderX family includes multiple workload optimized SKUs that enable servers & appliances that are optimized for compute, storage, network and secure compute workloads in the cloud. The ThunderX processor family is fully compliant with ARMv8 architecture specifications as well as ARM’s SBSA.

About MontaVista Software
MontaVista Software, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cavium, is a leading provider of Carrier Grade Linux and Cloud Platform solutions. For over 14 years, MontaVista has been helping Linux developers get the most out of open source by adding commercial quality, integration, hardware enablement, expert support, and the resources of the MontaVista development community. Because MontaVista customers enjoy faster time to market, more competitive device functionality, and lower total cost, more devices have been deployed with MontaVista than with any other Linux. To learn more, please visit

About Cavium
Cavium is a leading provider of highly integrated semiconductor products that enable intelligent processing for networking, communications and the digital home. Cavium offers a broad portfolio of integrated, software-compatible processors ranging in performance from 10 Mbps to 100 Gbps that enable secure, intelligent functionality in enterprise, data-center, broadband/consumer and access and service provider equipment. Cavium processors are supported by ecosystem partners that provide operating systems, tool support, reference designs and other services. Cavium’s principal office is in San Jose, CA with design team locations in California, Massachusetts, India and China. For more information, please visit:

Cavium Contact:
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Sr. Marketing Communications Manager,
Cavium, 2315 N. First Street,
San Jose CA 95131,
Telephone: +1 408-943-7417


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