A virtual router is a cloud-based software router. It enables the host machine to function as an ordinary hardware router on a local area network. Virtual routing is a type of network function virtualization (NFV) that involves converting traditional hardware-based network components into software that runs on standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. This approach offers the benefits of reducing hardware costs and enabling greater hardware interoperability rather than relying on a proprietary hardware platform. It allows the system to selectively route private or public traffic using features like firewalls, virtual private networks (VPN), traffic shaping, and more.
Virtual Routers are used in virtual networking, cloud applications, and more. Virtual Networks are used to form logical networks to help communicate the devices, and virtual routers help manage the traffic within these networks. Additionally, virtual routers collect cloud components of apps in a private subnet before connecting that subnet to the internet through a VPN. Virtual routers ultimately enable the interface of two infrastructures or devices to establish seamless communication. There are two types of virtual routers, Predefined and Custom .
In predefined virtual routers, the security devices come equipped with two preconfigured virtual routers: trust-virtual and untrust-virtual. The trust virtual router is the default virtual router, with all predefined security zones and any user-created zone. In contrast, the untrust-virtual router does not have any security zones. Both the routers are mandatory and cannot be deleted. Custom virtual routers can be created and configured on the security device as needed. The trust virtual router binds all the custom and predefined virtual routers.
The virtual router market has been growing, witnessing many technological advancements. For instance, in November 2020, Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced its latest technology to optimize virtual routers' functionality. The technology will reduce the workload of the CPUs by shifting the workload to Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), thereby accelerating the virtual routers' operating and delivery speed. In June 2022, 6WIND partnered with Lanner to provide multiple virtual router solutions. The newly developed solutions focus on scalability, enhanced performance, high availability for quick deployment, deployment flexibility, implementation of IPsec VPN features, and security.
North America is technologically advanced and witnesses colossal research and development in networking technology. Moreover, it is a leading market among others in the telecom industry, making it one of the prominent regions for the virtual router market. Asia Pacific is one of the exponentially growing regions for the cloud computing market, which ensures its potential for the virtual router market.
Middle East & Africa (MEA)
Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson
netElastic Systems, Inc.
Juniper Networks, Inc.
Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd.
Inventum Technologies Private Limited
Palo Alto Networks, Inc.
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