Express Virtio (XVIO) is a standards-based technology that delivers the highest networking performance, mobility and server resource utilization for Virtio-based virtual machine (VM) workloads. The innovative XVIO technology eliminates significant operational, performance and server efficiency-related challenges. XVIO enables standard Virtio drivers available in many Guest OS’s the level of performance of SR-IOV solutions but maintains full VM mobility. This enables virtual machines (VMs) managed using OpenStack to experience bare metal-like networking performance and at the same time supports complete hardware independence and seamless customer VM onboarding. XVIO integrates seamlessly with wide variety of networking services including Agilio® CoreNIC, Agilio OVS, Agilio OVS Firewall and Agilio vRouter products. For the cloud service provider, the benefit of utilizing OpenStack Cloud Orchestration with XVIO is a consistent and homogeneous hardware infrastructure with Agilio SmartNICs, provide the services to the VMs as needed using Agilio software, and, place the VMs as needed to optimize utilization of the data center while maintaining highest performance.