HPE and Mellanox Offer Cloud-Ready OpenNFV Solutions with Record DPDK Performance


HPE and Mellanox recently published a Solution Brief highlighting their cloud-ready OpenNFV (Network Functions Virtualization) solution which demonstrates record DPDK performance and OVS acceleration using Mellanox ASAP2 (Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing). The results were based on HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers and Mellanox ConnectX-5 Adapters and Spectrum Switches. This joint-solution results in the highest performance for NFV and enables agile virtualized network functions (VNF) delivery for Telco customers on industry standard x86 hardware without the need for proprietary appliances.

The shift to virtualization and cloud technologies with Telco/CSP (Communication Service Provider) Customers has resulted in the need to deploy and scale services quickly and efficiently. Mellanox NFV capabilities address these pain points and saves both time and money with virtual network functions (VNFs) and maximize packet processing efficiency. In addition, these functionalities are available out of the box and are validated and supported by both HPE and Mellanox ensuring a seamless deployment and support experience.


Off-the-Shelf, Out-of-the-Box, Turnkey NFV Solution

Mellanox and HPE offer most of these incredible capabilities on pre-built performance optimized configurations on HPE DL380, DL385, and DL360 ProLiant Gen10 servers. The HPE 640SFP28 adapter (based on Mellanox ConnectX-4Lx) is pre-configured in several off-the-self Built to Order (BTO) configurations meaning there is no need to design a unique configuration and wait for it to be built to deploy NFV. Or for maximum performance, chose the 841QSFP28 2-port 100Gb VPI adapter when configuring your server. In addition, the HPE StoreFabric M-series switch family (powered by Mellanox Spectrum Switches) offers exceptional top-of-rack 10/25/50/100G Ethernet performance at unbelievable price points. Combining all of this with Mellanox LinkX cables (also available through HPE) and you have a true end-to-end NFV solution ready to deploy instantly and delivering incredible value. And, since this entire solution is sold by HPE, you get to leverage the end-to-end solution to get to the best cost available.

The Bar Has Been Raised: HPE StoreFabric M-series Ethernet Switch Series

One of the most unique aspects of this, and other Mellanox offerings, is that it is runs entirely end-to-end on Mellanox fabric, all supported and sold by HPE. This not only simplifies procurement, deployment, management, and functionality, but means you have a single point of support for the entire solution. In addition to this, we take it even a step further with the HPE StoreFabric M-series switch family. The HPE SN2010M and SN2100M switches are a half-width form factor meaning you get fully redundant top-of-rack 10/25/50/100GbE switches in just 1U space. No other vendor can offer this innovative feature. The entire switch family offers industry leading performance at an unreal price. For more information visit the HPE StoreFabric M-series page.

Mellanox ConnectX-5, The Next Generation in High-performance Interconnects

When performance matters, Mellanox delivers with 100Gb ConnectX-5 adapters. Based on testing done in the HPE Telco NFV Infrastructure lab, the HPE 841QSFP28 adapter achieved record DPDK performance running on HPE server hardware. The Mellanox DPDK offers the highest throughput and packet rate, lowest capex, lowest latency, and best in class security. Taking it a step further, Mellanox adapters dramatically accelerate OVS workload performance using ASAP2 (Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing). Mellanox ASAP2 delivers the best performance with zero CPU overhead, the highest VXLAN throughput and packet rate, up to 10x better than OVS over DPDK, the lowest latency, and is open source with a broad ecosystem of partners. See the Solution Brief published by HPE here.


About Matthew Hitt

Matt Hitt is a Senior OEM Marketing Manager at Mellanox Technologies. His responsibilities include working with HPE and other OEMs to bring joint Mellanox and OEM solutions to market. Matt Joined Mellanox in 2016, after spending more than seven years at Hewlett Packard Enterprise, in various sales, marketing, and channel roles. His experience provides a unique perspective on what drives the IT industry and customers’ needs in the market, enabling him to better position key technology that solves real world problems.

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