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  Date: 27/10/2016

OpenStack gets strong backing from Cavium

Cavium announced range of support for the deployment of OpenStack cloud systems. Cavium has announced full support for OpenStack deployment by offering optimized platforms for OpenStack deployments on its devices and systems such as ThunderX, LiquidIO and FastLinQ product families. OpenStack is open source software for building clouds. Data centers can use OpenStack for quickly deploy new cloud products at reduced costs. Open Stack can deliver cheaper cloud services for multiple applications.

Cavium has optimized its ThunderX ARMv8 based processor architecture for OpenStack cloud infrastructure deployment. The idea is to allow users of OpenStack cloud infrastructure to fully utilize ThunderX ARMv8 for workloads such as cloud storage with CEPH, Apache Hadoop for Big Data Analytics, distributed data bases such as MySQL and Cassandra and secure web serving with NGINX. Cavium also says its ThunderX is optimized for networking specific workloads such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Load-Balancing for Telco applications.

Cavium said its LiquidIO II Intelligent Server adapters also support and seamlessly integrate OpenStack software value-add functionality for application acceleration, network configuration and provisioning, security, and isolation in multi-tenant compute clusters. LiquidIO Open Virtual Switch (OVS) offload enables various Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and security features as a workload specific Virtual Network Function (VNF) or as a Service Function Chain (SFC) with seamless configuration and provisioning using OpenStack platform.

When coming to next Gen Ethernet adapters, Cavium is offering QLogic FastLinQ 45000 Series capability to support 10/25/40/50/100GbE with Ethernet deliver broad set of protocols including Universal RDMA, and stateless offloads for server and network virtualization. QLogic FastLinQ Ethernet Adapters delivers the ability to orchestrate and manage an OpenStack deployment with technologies like the Plug-in for Mirantis FUEL for automatic SR-IOV configuration. QConvergeConsole (QCC) for OpenStack physical and logical topology maps and ability to offer QoS for network functions operating to be simplified and accelerated.

Cavium has optimized its ThunderX 64–bit ARMv8 based SoC family with a range of SKUs and form factors for hyper scale data centers targeting cloud computing and NFV include volume compute, storage, secure compute and networking specific workloads.

Software developers who are partnering with Cavium on ThunderX include Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE.
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