Germany’s NETWAYS picks 6WIND’s virtual router for its managed services

Germany’s NETWAYS picks 6WIND’s virtual router for its managed services

Germany-based NETWAYS Managed Services has picked 6WIND’s Turbo IPsec virtual routers to provide secure VPN services for its customers.NETWAYS, a managed service and hosting provider, has been supporting companies for more than 20 years in the setup, monitoring, automation and management of their IT infrastructures based on open source. Its data centers cover the entire range of cloud and hosting services with guarantees for security and performance.

Among the factors for 6WIND’s selection, Turbo IPsec met NETWAYS’ software performance requirement to run as a virtual machine (VM) at 5 Gbps with future growth plans to 10 Gbps and beyond via a license key update. NETWAYS confirmed interoperability with 6WIND Turbo IPsec running as a VM connected to an existing strongSwan endpoint VM for compatibility within its existing open source infrastructure.


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NETWAYS also tested Cloud-Init deployment and integration with the NETCONF/YANG-based management engine for automated orchestration. Cloud-init is an industry standard, multi-distribution technology for cross-platform cloud instance initialization.

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“6WIND’s Turbo IPsec vRouters give us the performance and high availability features needed to provide secure Internet services for our customers,” said Sebastian Saemann, head of managed services for NETWAYS. “We appreciate 6WIND’s APIs and open source friendly design for easy integration into our existing network, and automation.”

6WIND’s software-based border routers are available in bare metal and virtual machine configurations. The software packages are built with DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit), which 6WIND managed as an open source community before it was put into the Linux Foundation two years ago. 6WIND, which was founded in 2000, also participates in other open source communities such as strongSwan and the Free Range Routing Project.

For border routers, 6WIND competes against Cisco, MikroTik and Juniper Networks, while Cisco and Juniper both have virtual router implementations. 6WIND’s last funding was by Cisco four years ago, but the company didn’t disclose the amount.

Last month, 6WIND announced that its Turbo Router software was available for trial testing. Cisco, Juniper, MikroTik and other routing hardware and software users can test 6WIND’s virtual router as part of their white box strategies to replace networking hardware with software and virtual machines.

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