SmartNICs: Give your OpenStack network a boost

Among the key findings of an April 2016 survey by the OpenStack Foundation was the strong interest among OpenStack users in software-based networking on servers, or server-based networking. The factors driving this interest include SDN/NFV (mentioned by 52 percent of respondents), containers (mentioned by 70 percent), and bare-metal deployments (mentioned by 50 percent). This level of interest is reflected in practices of the largest datacenters in the world (for example, Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, and Microsoft Azure), which use server-based networking for the networking flexibility and scalability it provides.

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from InfoWorld Cloud Computing