Linux News Today: Canonical Partners with 6WIND to Accelerate the Growth of Ubuntu Cloud Networking
On December 2, 2015, Canonical, the team behind the world’s most popular free operating system, Ubuntu Linux, had the great pleasure of announcing a new partnership with the 6WIND high-performance networking software company.
The new collaboration between Canonical and 6WIND will leverage the growth of cloud networking on the Ubuntu Linux operating system by integrating 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator software used for accelerating virtual infrastructures with Canonical’s Juju service orchestration tool that lets users model, configure, deploy and manage cloud environments painlessly.
“We are pleased to work with 6WIND to integrate Juju with 6WIND Virtual Accelerator,” said John Zannos, VP of Cloud Alliances at Canonical. “6WIND’s expertise in NFV, SDN and data center acceleration will help our customers deploy highly scalable Ubuntu cloud networks.”
Designed from the ground up to remove the performance limitations in a production virtual networking infrastructure and validated on Canonical’s Ubuntu platform, 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator software includes exciting features like support for Open vSwitch, guest processing offloads, Linux bridge, security, as well as multi-tenancy and filtering.
“Canonical’s Ubuntu is a market leading Linux distribution, which many of our customers leverage to create their public and private clouds,” said Eric Carmès, CEO and Founder of 6WIND. “By integrating 6WIND Virtual Accelerator with Juju our joint customers will benefit from high performance virtual applications without any change to the OS or infrastructure and full commercial support from both companies.”
Easily create cloud networks with high application throughput
The integration of 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator software with Canonical’s Juju service orchestration tool promises to offer customers the possibility of creating cloud networks with high application throughput for various demanding scenarios like Software-defined Networking (SDN) or Network Function Virtualization (NFV).
While Juju lets the Ubuntu community deploy OpenStack, hundreds of pre-configured services, or their own code to any private or public cloud, Virtual Accelerator deploys transparently in Linux Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor domains running on 32-bit (x86) servers to increase the application throughput without using additional techniques or hardware.