White box Webinar

In our new webinar entitled “Join the Whitebox Revolution” Advantech and 6WIND will discuss the Evolution of white box servers based on Intel Architecture and how, together with key industry and ecosystem initiatives, they have set about a paradigm shift in the way network infrastructure is being built and have created, what many of us would term, a revolution.

Advantech will talk about drivers and models as well as Intel architecture server solutions for various locations in the network.

6WIND, a company with a longstanding reputation in accelerating software defined networking and networking virtualization will discuss several whitebox use cases, some of which both companies are collaborating closely on together. 6WIND does a deeper dive into virtual routing with 6WIND Turbo router software appliances .

The webinar will cover

  • White Box evolution, drivers and models
  • White Box server solutions based on Intel® Architecture scale from Customer Edge to Multi Access and Provider Edge
  • Edge Constraints and the importance of location
  • vRouter use-cases
  • How to successfully replace Brocade Vyatta vRouters with 6WIND Turbo Router software appliances

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.

The advancements in workload consolidation and virtualization technology on general purpose servers have caught up with the vendor-specific capabilities of proprietary networking gear, and have provided the means by which carriers can drive cost and operational efficiencies into their networks ahead of 5G and widespread IoT deployment.

The path to the next generation network, begins with functional separation at the core of software defined networking which allows users to program network layers, separating the control plane and data plane and this led to the first of the real white box milestones which was the white-box switch, in many cases with an Intel CPU managing the control plane and running additional services while specialized switch silicon runs the dataplane. Together with Open Flow and Open Daylight they essentially provided the common open source framework which gave the ecosystem the space they need to innovate, and the service providers with the building blocks they needed to develop new solutions.

Then came a fundamental phase of NFV in which network functions run on hypervisors and general purpose hardware. Since the publication of the NFV white paper by ETSI, the industry’s standards activities bolstered by a dynamic network builder ecosystem having been steadily moving forward to turn the promise of NFV into a reality.

In the radio access network, many fixed functions have also been disaggregated into virtual functions,, with the EPC, and even the basedband processing of the RAN itself, executing on whitebox servers using the same x86 code base.

An x86 blade server can be repurposed on the fly to run the virtual RAN, the virtual EPC, MEC services, security functions and application software all at the same time.

There’s no vendor lock-in. Using standard components and an x86 code base, most initial software ports can be made in less than a day. We have examples of that in pretty much all of the examples shown above. There is obviously tuning and long-term software support for the platform to be taken into account, but the porting task proves the white-box model works.

Next comes the current whitebox Tsunami led by the compelling cost-savings proven by SD-WAN rollouts followed by universal CPE where even SD-WAN can be deployed as a virtual network function.

Finally we are entering a phase of software defined everything executing on x86-based whiteboxes where Service Providers are steadily adopting disaggregated networks where the network functions are independent from the hardware that implements the transport packet forwarding in the data plane in examples such as  vGW Services • vBRAS • vCG-NAT • vFW • vIDS/IPS • vCDN • vIP-VPN.

The webinar covers  virtual service routers and virtual routers –and the benefits which the SDN NFV Whitebox model brings to the party.

An on demand version of the webinar can be viewed here.

Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director

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