Hardware at-a-glance: Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8170 processor
Platform features: Intel® Advanced Encryption Software New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Software tools/libraries: Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)
IP security (IPsec) is a critical element for every IP network to help protect against cyberattacks and provide data confidentiality, privacy, and security. Mobile network operators (MNO) and data centers are adopting bare metal and virtualized IPsec solutions on Intel® servers to realize scalability and efficiency while lowering costs.
Server performance is a critical issue in effective bare metal and virtualized IPsec solutions, and the availability of the Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors offer new options for next-generation networks. To test the new processors, Intel® Network Builders ecosystem member 6WIND set up two use cases for its 6WIND Turbo IPsec* virtualized software.
To evaluate the performance of Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors, 6WIND selected its two most popular customer use cases to test the 6WIND Turbo IPsec VNF.
Security-Enabled Site-to-Site Virtual Private Networks (VPNs): IPsec virtual private networks (VPNs) are critical to wide area network infrastructure to create security-enabled, high-speed communications tunnels between trusted endpoints. Examples include linking data centers and remote sites in a corporate network. Since IP WANs should be considered inherently insecure, IPsec VPNs maintain data confidentiality and integrity through encryption techniques, and they must provide scalable throughput to avoid bottlenecks that can force data centers to choose performance over security. For example, poor performance can translate to a loss of customers in multi-tenant data centers.
Security Gateways (SeGWs) for Mobile Backhaul: The business case for MNOs to accelerate the transition to 5G is clear: the simplification and efficiencies gained by converging voice and data over a single IP-based network satisfy the unquenchable thirst for higher mobile bandwidth and ongoing rollout of new mobile apps. In this network, IPsec is utilized on the IP-based backhaul network that carries user, control, and management data from the base station (eNodeBs) to the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). The VPN tunnels are terminated at the SeGW.
6WIND Turbo IPsec provides accelerated VPNs based on IPsec and Internet key exchange (IKE) for a wide range of complex networks, including those of data centers and MNOs. Key features include:
- Scalable, high-performance, full-featured data plane networking. The data plane features an extensive set of L2 to L4 networking protocols, including IP forwarding, IPsec, and more
- CLI, XML, or Linux*-based management options
- Same software for either bare metal or virtual machine deployments
At 6WIND, we are pleased with the increase in performance of Intel's new platform that translates directly to an increase in performance of our security software. This pairing allows standard servers to rival specialized hardware systems so that customers never have to sacrifice performance for cost. Together, 6WIND and Intel provide a cost-effective alternative to expensive, specialized hardware for high performance site-to-site VPN solutions used to secure data center to data center data communications