Advantech Remote Evaluation Service 6WIND Test Drive Portal
Remote test drive your VNF on the Openstack platform, powered by Advantech hardware and accelerated by the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator

FAQ

Questions



What is Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service (RES) and what is it’s relation to the 6WIND Portal?


Advantech RES provides connectivity to different systems in Advantech’s Taipei Labs. These include carrier grade servers and blade servers as well as Network Appliances and AdvancedTCA systems. Together with key middleware and NFVI partners like 6WIND we define the appropriate hardware platform (compute, network interfaces, acceleration features and storage) upon which they build their own test and evaluation services open to an ecosystem community of VNF vendors, networking equipment providers and telecom operators.
With 6WIND we provide access to hardware installations in the RES labs, upon which 6WIND has built their own portal providing access to dedicated and secure evaluation hardware for testing and benchmarking both accelerated and non-accelerated virtual environments.


There are numerous proof-of-concept initiatives and open source cloud projects, what's so different about this one?


At Advantech we wanted to put together a Network Function Virtualization (NFV) evaluation framework that would give a community of developers access to a much broader set of hardware platforms deployable in many different locations in the network as virtualization is not just about the data center. The community we are trying to bring together is one where people with similar philosophies about telecom cloud architecture who recognize the need for greater NFV elasticity can openly collaborate together.
We believe that by opening up this first Test Drive portal with 6WIND, developers can get ahead of the curve and begin to test different NFV Infrastructures on platforms destined for deployment closer to the subscriber in the access network, mobile edge and in customer premises (vCPE) as well as the network core and telecom data center.


Who is the audience for this?


VNF vendors, networking equipment providers, operators and service providers who want to test the performance of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator and Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec, and other third-party VNFs on specific Advantech hardware platforms scaling from several Intel Atom-based cores to hundreds of Intel Xeon cores.
Developers can verify if they reach the performance necessary in various service chaining scenarios on a particular server platform. In addition, operators can rapidly verify if a specific platform gives them the manageability, scalability and carrier grade resiliency they require for NFV deployments


How do I gain access to the portal?


Point your browser at 6WIND.testdrive-advantech-nfv.com and navigate to the tab marked “register”. Fill out the simple form and one of our representatives will get back to you promptly to discuss your requirements and set up a Test Drive session. From that point we will take you for a full Test Drive and walk you through the on-line set-up. Once we agree on your needs and evaluation period we’ll send you your login details so you can get started on your own.


Where can I get more information on the 6WIND test drive?


The Tutorial and TestDrive Demo Video provide further information on how to get started.
The Tutorial takes you through the setup process and the video provides a brief overview of RES, describes the hardware and software environment, and then demonstrates high performance VM-to-VM communication with virtio. Iperf is used to measure packet throughput between VMs in different scenarios: (1) between VMs on the same CPU and (2) between VMs on different CPUs on different compute nodes connected over a 10GbE VXLAN tunnel. Packet performance is measured between VMs on two compute nodes with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator enabled, and without.


What’s my choice of hardware platforms? – what configurations are available to choose from?


VNF developers and operators have an unprecedented choice of networking gear available which allows them to tap into the processing power of several CPU cores or several hundred. With connectivity to a wide range of 1, 10, 40 and 100GbE ports, the scale-out and service chaining of VNFs can be benchmarked with finer precision to identify platforms that are able to meet specific service level agreements.
The initial 6WIND.testdrive-advantech-nfv.com connects to 5-node AdvancedTCA installations with one dual Intel Xeon blade configured as a control node and two pairs of dual Intel Xeon blades providing installations with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator enabled and without.
The RES lab provides access to other hardware configurations and is being expanded as new platforms are introduced. More info on RES can be found at www.go-res.com.


What does 6WIND bring to the party?


Telecom operators are pressing technology providers to provide them with the means to virtualize network nodes that accomplish certain network functions on top of a generic, open virtualized infrastructure: the Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). 6WIND Virtual Accelerator provides them with accelerated virtual switching and networking features for virtual infrastructures to enable Network Function Virtualization (NFV), data center virtualization and network appliance virtualization. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator runs within the hypervisor domain with a hardware-independent architecture managed by OpenStack that allows new and existing Virtual Machines (VMs) to be integrated quickly onto x86-based servers.
Telecom operators are pressing technology providers to provide them with the means to virtualize network nodes that accomplish certain network functions on top of a generic, open virtualized infrastructure: the Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI). 6WIND Virtual Accelerator provides them with accelerated virtual switching and networking features for virtual infrastructures to enable Network Function Virtualization (NFV), data center virtualization and network appliance virtualization. 6WIND Virtual Accelerator runs within the hypervisor domain with a hardware-independent architecture managed by OpenStack that allows new and existing Virtual Machines (VMs) to be integrated quickly onto x86-based servers.
In addition, 6WIND Turbo Appliances include Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec, which are high performance software appliances available for bare metal and virtual machine deployments. 6WIND’s Turbo Appliances also integrate with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator for the highest VNF performance.


Is there a list of vendors that are certified with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator?

Companies such as F5, HPE, Ixia and Kemp have products that are 6WIND Speed Certified with Virtual Accelerator. To see the list of products and their respective performance gains in a virtualized environment, click here.

Is there an example demo for a VNF tested with and without 6WIND Virtual Accelerator?


Click here for a video of a Portal demo showing 5x performance increase for F5's BIG-IP Virtual Edition in an NFV configuration


Why did 6WIND select Advantech RES for this NFV acceleration portal?


The breadth of choice and sheer scalability of x86-based networking gear from Advantech offers a lot of flexibility for customers to test the 6WIND product range. 6WIND’s Turbo Appliances can be easily integrated with the 6WIND Virtual Accelerator for rapid evaluation of accelerated virtual switching and networking infrastructure, along with third party virtual functions, using Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Services.
6WIND believes that in the transition to NFV and virtual networking environments, telecom operators will need solid lab models like Advantech’s to help solve performance challenges faster and choose the most cost-effective solutions to meet fast-evolving customer needs.


How does someone become a RES ecosystem member and/or participate?


We’ll be glad to have you on board. Just drop us an email at 6wind@testdrive-advantech-nfv.com.


Do I need to purchase any software licenses?


No. The software on the portal is free to use for evaluation and testing during your allocated timeslot. If you have specific longer term requirements beyond that please let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss further.


What can I do with the Portal? Are there any limits or restrictions I need to know about?


The portal for all intent and purposes resembles the type of cloud environment you can create on your own with OpenStack Software. However, we have set a few sensible limits in place:
  • We assume that you understand the use of Openstack as described by the manual (pdf)
  • Before you start with any specific test, we advise that you learn from this example first: 6WIND Virtual Accelerator Demo (pdf) and then reproduce the performance improvements.
  • Your VMs must support virtio with multiqueues, see multiqueues section in the manual.
  • We do not limit the number of users per project, but we assume fair use.
  • We do not limit you to the use of any specific VMs (Linux, DPDK based, FreeBSD, Windows, etc...) but we are not responsible for any bad configuration of your VMs.
  • You agree with the term of use of the platform.
  • You agree with the disclaimer that Advantech and 6WIND are not liable from any actions resulting from your use of the platform.
  • We agree that we will not give away your user data and that all information will be verified with you and any third-party first in the event we agree to do joint marketing with said third-party


Is there an SLA?


Since there is no fee to use this portal, there is no SLA. However if we have validated an evaluation slot for you we will not take the portal down for maintenance or to upgrade without informing you first. In addition will do our best to support any question you may have but this will be provided on a best effort basis.


Who can I ask if I have more questions?


The best resource is the 6WIND.testdrive-advantech-nfv.com project team. You can reach them through at 6wind@testdrive-advantech-nfv.com.