Low forwarding Performance
The KFF offloads VNF data plane functions from compute servers and allows them to run within networking white boxes fully optimized for data plane packet processing.
Over the course of the last few years, most technologies in the data center including compute performance, storage latency and virtualization have evolved significantly. Networking has not. Kaloom addresses this lack of networking progress with the KFF in the areas of automation, VNF performance, latency and cost reduction.
While certain technologies may provide incremental networking improvements, only the KFF can deliver an order of magnitude impact on data center networking.
Each individual VNF in the data center has its own control and data plane on individual servers. Packets are transported through the VNF chain to multiple servers for each VNF function. At each new VNF, packets are subject to performance degradation, whether it is latency, server utilization or throughput. Further, such packet flow results in an increased cost.
Irrespective of the performance of individual servers, the VNF challenge persists because packets must trombone between the fabric and the server.
The KFF introduces a monumental transformation in data center networking—a new way of addressing VNF performance by optimizing the packet flow through the fabric.