Cavium™ FastLinQ® 25/100GbE Ethernet Adapter Accelerates Telco NFV & Cloud Workloads

Delivers breakthrough performance with Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)

SAN JOSE, CA – April 3, 2017 – Today, Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), a leading provider of products that enable intelligent and secure processing for enterprise and cloud data centers, announced that its FastLinQ® 45000 Series 25/100Gb Ethernet Adapter technology that delivers a breakthrough performance of up to 200Gbps throughput is completely integrated into Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). Cavium FastLinQ technology can now host the most demanding Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and cloud workloads while reducing deployment costs.

"Telco and cloud service providers are embracing NFV to fundamentally change the architecture of their networks to obtain greater service agility and reduce costs," said Cliff Grossner, Ph.D., senior research director & advisor for cloud, data center and SDN at IHS Market. "In a recent IHS Market report, 63% of service provider respondents want improved operational efficiencies without sacrificing carrier grade performance and quality. This will drive the need for solutions providing 100Gbps Ethernet high-performance CPU offload for NFV and cloud workloads providing operational efficiencies with reducing deployment costs."[1]

"Cavium FastLinQ® cutting-edge NIC technologies and joint innovation with leading NFV and cloud infrastructure partners eliminate the performance barrier associated with realizing and deploying NFV and cloud solutions," said Rajneesh Gaur, Vice President and General Manager, Ethernet Adapter Group, Cavium. "Moreover, this groundbreaking performance combined with the intelligence and offload capabilities of our FastLinQ family of 25/100Gb Ethernet Adapters empowers NFV and cloud platforms to deliver exceptional levels of service and application processing, while offloading packet I/O."

"As Telecom operators are deploying their NFV solutions in production environments, they require reliable carrier grade platforms and infrastructure which have the data packet processing performance necessary to support virtualized network functions (VNF's). HPE continues to invest in our HPE NFV Infrastructure Lab where our team works with leading NIC providers like Cavium to test and optimize our HPE Servers to provide industry leading performance for Telco workloads," said Claus Pedersen, Director, Communication Service Provider Platforms, Data Center Infrastructure Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.

"Cloud and telco providers need high performance Ethernet connectivity solutions and innovative designs in order to achieve new levels of scalability, reliability and efficiency as they deploy, manage, and operate services in a virtualized environment," said Sameh Boujelbene, senior director, Dell'Oro Group. "We expect 100Gb Ethernet market to answer some of these challenges and to grow significantly over the next few years and we see Cavium FastLinQ 45000 Series well positioned to benefit from this opportunity."

With up to 200Gbps of Ethernet line rate throughput, the FastLinQ 45000 series 25/100Gb Ethernet Adapters offer an extremely expansive set of features and protocols, delivering the following key benefits for cloud and Telco deployments:

  • Increased Performance and Scalability for NFV and cloud Workloads: Cavium FastLinQ 45000 Series 25/100Gb Ethernet Adapters leverage industry standard technologies combined with impressive small packet performance to deliver enhanced scalability and improved performance. FastLinQ 100GbE Ethernet adapters are optimized for software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenStack deployments to deliver a robust and feature rich high speed networking solution for Telco and Cloud deployments.
  • Improved Server Utilization: Cavium FastLinQ 100GbE solutions provide hardware offloaded protocol processing, which results in a significant reduction of the CPU burden and improves overall server efficiency. Hardware offloads for RDMA, VxLAN, GENEVE and NVGRE optimize performance while reducing the cost of network encapsulation for virtualized workloads and hybrid cloud deployments.
  • Efficient Administration: Cavium technologies, combined with Mirantis® FUEL for OpenStack orchestration and QConvergeConsole® topology maps for OpenStack, allow the seamless integration and accelerated deployment of workloads in Telco and Cloud datacenters.

Available from Cavium, HPE and other leading OEMs, Cavium FastLinQ 45000 Series 25/100GbE adapters are fully integrated into DPDK and shipping in volume now.

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About Cavium
Cavium, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAVM), offers a broad portfolio of infrastructure solutions for compute, security, storage, switching, connectivity and baseband processing. Cavium's highly integrated multi-core SoC products deliver software compatible solutions across low to high performance points enabling secure and intelligent functionality in Enterprise, Data Center and Service Provider Equipment. Cavium processors and solutions are supported by an extensive ecosystem of operating systems, tools, application stacks, hardware reference designs and other products. Cavium is headquartered in San Jose, CA with design centers in California, Massachusetts, India, Israel, China and Taiwan.

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