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Cavium Enters NFV Expo Prepared for Anything


April 20, 2016

Cavium, a developer of semiconductor hardware for datacenters and telecom equipment, sits in the same boat as many of its counterparts. They all want to rise to the forefront of software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), 5G mobile, and the newest forms of networking and data security.

To make sure they can all create products that work interchangeably with one another – because in Cavium’s case, semiconductors would have no use outside an encompassing piece of hardware such as a network switch – they meet at events such as the current NFV World Congress that bring together the world’s most influential vendors to share stories and swap new product ideas. Cavium’s latest announcement says it is showcasing its various processors that can assist with everything from individual workloads to cloud-scale datacenters.

It has been working with a number of partners during the past few months to improve its products and make its way to the grand expo stage. Last autumn, it announced its partnership with Quantenna Communication to create a new series of access points, routers, and gateways meant for deployment in the home, on the campus, and in high-density environments.

A separate partnership with British Telecom had the pair completing tests of the G.fast DSL standard to create a cloud radio access network (C-RAN) that could deliver mobile connections as fast as 1 Gbps. This could mark the beginning of real-world tests of this type that use 5G mobile to link all manner of portable devices.

In addition, Cavium also recently announced support for the OpenSwitch open source network operating system that works within Cavium XPliant switches. It also released the Open API to allow developers control over the other devices and applications they wish to work alongside XPliant hardware.

Cavium has clearly been busy by making the rounds through a handful of disciplines. It arrived at the NFV World Congress prepared to show its best and, most likely, to see how it can extend its own reach in the market by conquering even more problems at hand. Other vendors and attendees should be impressed at the depth Cavium can bring to its own booth with its latest C-RAN for 5G, ARM processors, LiquidIO NIC cards, LiquidSecurity appliances for cloud management, and XPliant switches for developing high-bandwidth SDNs.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

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