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The UniFi® Enterprise System

The UniFi® Enterprise System delivers a breakthrough combination of performance, reliability, and scalability with top performance/price value. Intuitive management software featuring a graphical user interface is bundled with the UniFi hardware at no extra cost – no licensing fees or support costs.

High-Performance, Scalable Wi-Fi

UniFi Access Points deliver wireless coverage, indoors or outdoors, in high-density client deployments requiring low latency and high uptime performance.

 

Unified Routing and Security

The UniFi Security Gateway extends the UniFi Enterprise System to provide cost-effective, reliable routing and advanced security for your networks.

 

Outdoor Wide-Area Wi-Fi

UniFi AC Mesh Access Points feature UniFi Mesh technology to simplify Wi-Fi infrastructure deployments for towns, stadiums, concert venues, and outdoor spaces.

 

Advanced Network Switching

The UniFi Switch delivers robust performance, intelligent switching, convenient PoE+ support, and fiber connectivity options for your enterprise networks.

 

IP Video Surveillance

UniFi Video allows you to easily deploy IP surveillance cameras across multiple locations for day or night surveillance, indoors or outdoors.

 

UniFi Enterprise System

The UniFi Enterprise System is an easy-to-use yet feature-rich solution for creating highly scalable, end-to-end systems of network devices. 

 

 

UniFi Controller software

Using a single, intuitive interface, the UniFi Controller software conducts device discovery, provisioning, and management of UniFi devices* spanning multiple locations.

 

Full datasheet available at downloads.ubnt.com

 

Mellanox Cloud-Native NFV Acceleration at Scale 

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) enables agile service delivery and seamless scalability

 

Executive Summary

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) offers a change in the platform used to deliver telecommunication networking functions. Rather than employing proprietary tightly-coupled dedicated hardware and software, which tend to be static and difficult to scale, are replaced with virtual machines running on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. By leveraging virtualization and cloud technologies telco service provides can better achieve agile service delivery and efficient scalability. In order to properly support this without compromising the reliability and performance of the dedicated hardware, an advanced network infrastructure must be used to support higher rates of packet processing and the resulting increase in east-west traffic. For these reasons choosing the right networking hardware becomes critical to achieving a cloud-native NFV solution that is agile, reliable, fast and efficient.

Addressing Performance

Telco service provider applications are rarely “best-effort” services. Voice and video application are particularly sensitive to delays. Often requiring less than 100ms of latency to perform accurately. The process of virtualization cause numerous interrupts, I/O movement traverses from kernel to user space. This storage-andforward mechanism eats up CPU cycles and decreases pack performance. Adding in encapsulation checksum and CRC calculations and performance degrades significantly.

Highlights

  • • Support for DPDK, which enables NFV solution to provide over 139Mpps
  • • Optimization of OpenStack through software accelerators and hardware offloads including:
    • • DPDK
    • • ASAP2
    • • SRV-IO
    • • RDMA/RoCE
  • • Overlay Network Offloads
  • • Over a decade of market leadership in High performance networking
  • • Depth of engineering expertise in efficient server virtualization
  • • Out-of-Box NFV functionality with not complicated configuration
  • • Hardware-based NFV capabilities without hidden license fees

The need to service tens of millions of customers further challenges the ability to provide proper performance. To address this Mellanox delivers multiple options to overcome performance penalties; software accelerators, overlay networks and hardware offloads.

 

Software Accelerators

Software accelerators can be utilized to eliminate overhead and processes that slow down central processing. One of these is Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) which reduces overhead caused by interrupts that are sent each time a new packet arrives for processing. DPDK implements a polling process for new packets and the key benefits of significantly improving processing performance while eliminating PCI overhead and maintaining hardware independence. Mellanox has an alternative, and better way, to solve the NFV packet performance challenge. It’s called Accelerated Switching and Packet Processing (ASAP2 ). ASAP2 combines the performance and efficiency of server/storage networking hardware, the NIC (Network Interface Card), along with the flexibility of virtual switching, resulting in the highest infrastructure efficiency, and performance. SR-IOV can also be used to enable application direct access to memory to gain further efficiencies as well as moving virtual switching out of kernel space and into user space, accelerating the process while eliminating the CPU from the task. By using software accelerators, I/O performance can be significantly improved, allowing Virtual Network Functions to run closer to native software performance.

Overlay Networks

Overlay networks, such as VXLAN, and NVGRE require an additional header and CRC to accompany the encapsulated data. This results in even more stress being placed on CPU recourses as it must process the additional data. However, Mellanox offers overlay offload capabilities to handle the checksum and CRC calculations on the adapter hardware. This results in significant throughput enhancements that closely match bare-metal performance while reducing burden on the CPU. The results is an increase in server efficiency and more deterministic latency.

Hardware Offloads

The processing of communications protocols places a significant burden on the CPU. With hardware offloads such as RDMA, efficiency can be gained to further improve performance. RDMA allows network adapters direct access to application buffers, bypassing the kernel, CPU and protocol stack so the CPU can perform more useful tasks while I/O transfers are taking place. This increases efficiency of the server by allowing application workloads to efficiently scale in high-bandwidth networks.

 

Out-of-Box NFV Features

The advanced NFV features of the Mellanox ConnectX family of adapters are designed into the silicon and are fully functional out-of-box with no special configuration necessary. Other vendors require software development teams with advance knowledge to integrate NFV best practices into actual solutions, increasing expenses and adding costs. Mellanox solutions are also designed for and test to work with each standard Linux distributions (Red Hat/Ubuntu). Offering NFV support out-of-the box simplifies integration, deployment and support.

Further Mellanox Advantages

Mellanox is a long time leader in high-performance networks and now brings our maturity, breadth and expertise to the telco market. Mellanox chip architecture and software drivers are based off the same core fundamentals and continue to deliver the stability and advanced functionality that have made them the industry leader in 25G and higher speeds. It is also because of these reasons that industry leading telco and Cloud service provides choose Mellanox when looking for a NFV platform they can trust.

Conclusion

The telco industry is undergoing a major transformation to increase agility and efficiency by introducing virtual networking devices. Carriers networks need to be much more responsive and offer agility to rapidly deploy network services. They must architect their network data centers to enable the nimbleness necessary for growing demands all while conserving capital expenditure, reduce operating expenses, and accelerate time to delivery. They are finding Mellanox 25GbE, 50GbE and 100GbE technologies offer the best performance and the robustness they demand when deploying network function virtualization (NFV). While DPDK and Mellanox ASAP2 address key scalability concerns for communications and networking workloads. Whether deploying on OpenStack or KVM using Red Hat or Ubuntu Linux-based virtual devices, Mellanox offers a compelling solutions to address your ever need.

 

Expansive NFV Partner Ecosystem

Mellanox integrates with leading solutions and applications to deliver innovative functionality and efficiency. Key NFV partners include:

 

RAIDIX 4.X

RAIDIX 4.X is the software designed to deploy high performance SAN and NAS storage systems.

RAIDIX software-defined storage delivers proven performance and availability in data-rich industries such as media, video surveillance and high performance computing.

RAIDIX is a software developing company specializing in storage solutions for data intensive workloads.

RAIDIX 4.X software provides single or dual controllers architecture empowering all advantages of industry standard hardware.

 

RAIDIX operating system supports wide range of file and block access protocols.

File Access Protocols

  • • SMB v2/v3
  • • NFS v3/v4
  • • AFP
  • • FTP

Block Access Protocols

  • • FC 8Gb/16Gb/32Gb
  • • InfiniBand SRP
  • • 20/40/56/100Gb iSCSI
  • • 10/25/40/100Gb SAS 12Gb

 

CORE TECHNOLOGY

The core technology of RAIDIX 4.X software is the proprietary RAID engine implemented in the operating system kernel. It has been developed to ensure high level of sustainable performance and data availability.

Due to unique checksum calculation approach with specific data placement on CPU vector registers, the following figures can be achieved:

Checksum calculation speed Performance loss at sequential workloads in data recovery mode

25 GBps per core

Less than 10%