Silicom: SmartSilc VHIO 1.0 is the outcome of Net Perform’s Acquisition

13 April, 2014

The new SmartSilc VHIO 1.0 from Silicom provides offload support to both compute nodes and network nodes working under Red-Hat Open Stack

SmartSilc VHIO 1.0 provides offload support to both compute nodes and network nodes working under Red-Hat Open Stack

SILICOMSilicom Ltd. from Kfar-Sava, Israel, has announced the launch of its SmartSilc VHIO 1.0, the first product Silicom has developed utilizing the virtualization off-load engine it acquired in September 2013. The product’s virtualization off-load technology has been implemented under the emerging Cloud management standard, Red Hat Open Stack.

SmartSilc VHIO 1.0 offloads all network and storage I/O tasks from the Hypervisor, significantly reducing CPU utilization and consequently improving the performance of any compute node in which it is installed. It also implements NAT, firewall and other tasks previously carried out in the network node, and frees the network node to become an additional compute node.

“We are excited to launch our first Virtualization Off-Loading product, a totally new concept that addresses a number of the industry’s hottest trends,” commented Shaike Orbach, Silicom’s President and CEO.

Open Stack Standard

“As the industry adopts Open Stack as the de-facto standard for virtualized cloud management, a clear need has emerged for a product operating under Open Stack that addresses the primary pain point of every cloud-based environment: the difficulty of maintaining and improving performance while reducing cost, power consumption and space.”

The announcement is a result of an IP acquisition made in September 2013: Silicom has acquired all the IP related to the Virtualization Off-Load Engine developed by Net Perform Technology Ltd. (“Net Perform”), a privately held company registered in Hong Kong, China.

The Virtualization Off-Load Engine is able to off-load CPU tasks onto a separate intelligent add-on card, to free up server cycles and improving the server’s Networking and Storage I/O. Now, Silicom plans to incorporate the Virtualization Off-Load Engine into a variety of solutions, which would become Silicom Intelligent products, targeting virtualization-based operating systems, technologies and market segments.


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