This paper describes how service providers can augment uCPE White box servers with carrier-class service demarcation and performance assurance capabilities. This includes the ability to deliver premium, SLA-based L2 and L3 services combined with advanced diagnostics capabilities to detect and troubleshoot network and NFVI/VNF performance issues.
5G will bring several groundbreaking new technologies into play with its new air interface and Radio Access Network (RAN) architecture extensions. It will also need an emerging software defined infrastructure, one that provides greater topology flexibility, essential to deliver on the promises of high availability, high coverage, low latency and
The S/Gi-LAN, a 3GPP reference point that denotes the part of the network between the mobile core and the internet, has always been the domain of some of the most demanding packet processing workloads. All mobile subscribers access their network services through the Gi-LAN, as mobile network operators (MNOs) classify traffic from millions of flows
Design teams have long pursued the holy grail of the universal platform: the software programmable black or white box that can be changed on the fly to be any, or many network elements. Standard off-the-shelf, general purpose servers based on Intel architecture have become the common data center compute platform as virtualization consolidates many
This whitepaper provides a high level overview of Intel based server hardware components and their impact on virtualization. It is intended to be used as a guide for software developers and system integrators to help them in their choice of open standard networking platforms for service edge applications.
The future of wireless is ultra-broadband packet throughput, with 4G/LTE speeds hitting 25 Mbps to 50 Mbps¹ and 5G technologies targeting even faster speeds. But the IP mobile networks that are serving up this throughput have new security risks for MNOs that can negatively impact their infrastructure, operations, customer services, and data.
For several years, communications service providers (CSPs) have been grappling with how to best address service discontinuity issues. These issues manifest themselves on several fronts, from the dissatisfaction of end users consuming their services, to revenue loss to over-the-top (OTT) content providers.
Change is coming to computing and networking architectures. Centralized cloud will remain vital to efficiently store and process information, but as demand for real-time processing and low-latency connectivity increases, edge computing will become progressively more important. This white paper makes the case for edge computing in operator networks.
When representatives from 14 carriers came together to publish the white paper that would define network functions virtualization (NFV), they envisioned “leveraging standard IT virtualisation technology to consolidate many network equipment types onto industry standard high volume servers, switches, and storage.” But the network environ
It was only three years ago that the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) industry specification group (ISG), comprised of thirteen tier-1 network operators first published their prominent white paper on software-defined networking (SDN) and OpenFlow. Faced with the threat from more agile ove
The introduction of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies in the telecommunications industry has shaken up traditional go-to-market strategies. NFV and SDN will allow for a more flexible approach to network deployment, disrupting long-established telecom equipment development and life cycles. The s
The most disruptive technologies to hit the communications industry since the turn of this century are undoubtedly Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Together they are the key change catalysts defining the new IP architecture and the next generation telecom network. The advancements in workload consolidati
As data growth continues and new cell sites become harder to find, carrier providers have a golden opportunity to help operators accelerate adoption of radio access network (RAN) virtualization technology. This technology will help operators increase capacity, improve quality of experience (QoE), add new services, and prepare for 5G deployment. However, when compared to the standard white box servers and hyperscale cloud equipment used for virtualization in data centers, carrier edge equipment faces challengingphysical and environmental constraints.This article considers a new system class designed to address the requirements of mobile edge computing and cloud – RAN (C-RAN). We discuss performance requirements, industry equipment practices, and environment. We explore how to combine high-performance server processing, high-throughput switching, and carrier-grade availability with Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for operation with edge-aggregation-point infrastructure. We look at a new class of carrier-grade blade server that enables such a solution through its use of the Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product family. And we show how the resulting NFV platform simplifies the deployment of core Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) anywhere in the network.
Telecom services are shifting to a cloud infrastructure, in which new services can be rapidly provisioned by deploying virtual network functions (VNFs) instead of physical boxes. This dramatically reduces the operating cost of carrier networks and allows carriers to invest in new infrastructure as revenue grows. To gain the full benefit of this new cloud infrastructure, carriers need to build a network of carrier-grade platforms that support network functions virtualization (NFV) from the data center and central office to remote base stations. This rquires a new class of scalable platform that combines high-performance switching and server-class processing performance with five-nines availability, along with options that comply with the relevant equipment practice and power/thermal footprints of central offices and other telecom locations.
Power management techniques provided by a hardware equipment manufacturer for reducing energy consumption can provide significant opportunities for operational cost savings and other business value. To maximize effectiveness, a combination of hardware BIOS and software optimization needs to be analyzed to allow decision makers to make the right decision in the approach toward “energy efficient”.This white paper looks into Intel® Core™ i7 processor on Advantech* FWA-4231 network appliance platform’s performance and energy efficiency implications of BIOS tuning options available on the platform for network application workloads. The scope includes analysis of the system level configuration impact on platform power consumption and also delves deeper into software level optimization provided by DPDK, which significantly reduces CPU power consumption thus reduce platform level power.This white paper evaluates Intel® Architecture (IA)-based platforms and their network application workloads by better understanding the implications of hardware, BIOS, and software design decisions which can lead to great differences in power consumption.
Network infrastructures are shifting from physical systems to virtual functions, and this requires a new class of network appliance that provides high-performance pro-cessing, balanced input/output (I/O) and hardware or software acceleration. Soft-ware-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are changing the way networks
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