Purpose-built communications appliances appear as an obstacle instead of a facilitator as telecommunications companies seek to expand beyond telecommunications services to data services, such as teleconference and network security services. In consideration of constant evolving business needs and customer demands, telecommunications companies need an elastic approach to cost-effective network architecture, fast service delivery, and lean network management. To this end, NEXCOM has developed the network communication server NSA 7130, a solution designed to deliver network function virtualization (NFV) under the software-defined networking (SDN) framework.
This article explains how, based on the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v3 product family, the NEXCOM NSA 7130 handles heavy data workloads. We address how virtualization performance can be enhanced with Intel® Xeon® processors with Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT); how network orchestration can be conducted through support for the open source software OpenStack; and how the bottleneck of the networking stack for SDN can be relieved by the Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel® DPDK) with enhanced packet processing capabilities. In addition, we show how the NSA 7130's PCIe-based modular design can provide a necessary performance boost to the NFV platform when needed.
The white paper is also published on Intel® Embedded Community at http://embedded.communities.intel.com/docs/DOC-8528