ZX2000 - Virtualization

10G/40G AdvancedTCA® Platform


Maximum Virtualization in a 5U Chassis

ZNYX innovation delivers more virtualization capabilities in a 5U platform than Radisys, Kontron, Emerson, ADlink, Schroff, or Elma. And, with ZNYX’s OpenArchitect – the compute blade and switch management operation systems are tuned for embedded visualization – licensed with the hardware at no add charge. Thus the ZX2000 platform delivers the best price/performance ratio in the industry by eliminating the expensive VMware or RedHat virtualization “tax.”

Number of IA Cores

Number of Threads

Overall Network Bandwidth (Gbps)

Elements of the highest performing virtualization environment in a mid-sized platform are:

Line Rate Ethernet to 240 VMs

The 10G version of the ZX2000 platform with six 10G ports on a chassis switch can deliver 60G of Ethernet Ingress traffic to up to 120 VMs. The 40G version of the ZX2000 platform with four 40G ports on a chassis switch can deliver 160G of Ethernet Ingress traffic to up to 240 VMs.

The enabling technology for the line rate to VM pool capabilities are: 1) OpenArchitect Packet Vectoring technology on the chassis switch, 2) SR-IOV technology on the ZNYX SBCs

240 Thread-Supported VMs

Configured with the 10-core Xeon E5-2600 V2 Ivy Bridge CPUs, each dual socket SBC (the 10G ZX9210 or the 40G ZX9240) has 20 cores. Each Xeon core can support two threads for a total of 40 thread-supported VMs. The high-density ZX2000 chassis supports up to six SBCs for a total of 240 thread-supported VMs.

Guest VMs on Switch Management CPU

ZNYX introduces an industry first with user VM capability on the switch management CPU.

The management processor on the 40G switch module is a 4 core Intel Xeon class CPU running OpenArchitect with KVM virtualization. This environment supports user guest VMs that are typically used for system management or middle-ware. This enables infrastructure applications to be moved from running on a payload blade to running on the switch blade.

Embedded Virtualization

Embedded Virtualization is a special use case of virtualization. It is the “black box” usage of virtualization technology inside a system or device. The end user is unaware of the virtualized infrastructure that is delivering the application’s functionality. The ZX2000, with ZNYX SBCs and OpenArchitect software, delivers the highest-performing, most cost-effective embedded virtualization in the industry. Embedded virtualization solves a different problem than Cloud Computing. Cloud virtualization is designed to deliver computing for an unknown set of users at an unknown level of demand. Embedded Virtualization is the optimization of a known set of requirements (driven by the device’s specification) and is under the complete design control of the system architect. In the embedded environment the VMs are launched and configured via the application program software.

Benefits of Embedded Virtualization

Embedded Virtualization is used to improve the performance, stability, and functionality for OEM systems. Examples are virtualization in high-performance security devices such as telco-level firewalls, high-performance Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), and Lawful Intercept (tap) devices.

Key benefits of Embedded Virtualization are:

Reduce the number, size, weight, and power of application-specific devices by consolidating disparate functionality onto common hardware.
Multi-core CPU Performance
Increase the scalability and performance of “single threaded” legacy applications by running multiple instances of the application on an SBC and using OpenArchitect Packet Vectoring for load balance of the packet flow.
Separation (Safety/Security)
Isolate certified applications from non-certified applications to retain certification levels while extending functionality.
Migration to New Platforms
Extend existing functionality, leveraging legacy applications and stacks while adding new functionality. Preserve investment in existing products while adding new differentiated features in new isolated application stacks.