Slim down Your CPE

The emergence of lower-cost, high-volume white boxes along with standardized software APIs increases supplier
choice and reduces risks. In order to maximize profits, carriers and enterprises need to use the most cost effective
solutions on the customer premise, and increasingly, they are using universal customer premise equipment (uCPE). Today’s blog covers the entry-level uCPE/SD-WAN Solutions with Extremely Low Footprint and a new partnership between ENEA an Advantech to help carriers and enterpises alike, reduced expenditures while maintaining scalability

High Performance and Exceptional Power Efficiency uCPE simplifies customer site deployments by replacing dedicated appliances with universal platforms of commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers, extending cloudcentric technologies all the way to the access part of the telco network.
Service providers can offer on-demand deployment, and choice from a range of VNFs and VNF vendors. In addition to the agile and flexible deployment benefits, the uCPE software platform provides a consistent management interface regardless of the selected network functions, and service-function-chaining of the subscribed VNFs. uCPE provides on-demand zero touch deployment of multiple network functions, plus a virtualization software platform in a cost effective, single-box COTS systems.

The combination of Enea and Advantech technologies ensures a streamlined solution that optimizes networking performance and provides minimal footprint for both the platform and VNFs, resulting in very high compute density. It also provides a foundation for uCPE agility and innovation, reducing costs and computing complexity at the network edge.

For a highly optimized uCPE processing solution, Advantech’s FWA-T011 and FWA1012VC bring outstanding performance processing and power efficiency, and are available as 2 to 8 core scalable offerings.

Designed specifically for uCPE and SD-WAN, both network appliances are powered by processors based on Intel® architecture. The Advantech FWA-T011 is a tiny network appliance based on the 2-core Intel® Celeron® N3350 and 4-core Intel®Pentium® N4200 for entry-level SOHO and small enterprise installations. The higher spec FWA-1012VC is powered by an Intel® Atom™ Processor C3000 System-on-Chip with 2, 4, or 8 cores and Intel® QuickAssist Technology. Both appliances offer rich wired LAN connectivity with WiFi and 4G/LTE options.
The lightweight uCPE software virtualization platform Enea® NFV Access can be integrated into existing infrastructure without a full OpenStack deployment. It runs on as little as one core, with retained throughput and performance levels. Support for container virtualization increases the VNF density and minimizes total system footprint. In addition, Enea NFV Access enables a mix of containers and virtual machines on the same platform, providing flexibility and a smooth migration from VMs to Containers.

Purpose built to overcome common vCPE and SD-WAN use case challenges, Enea NFV Access contributes to CapEx and OpEx savings, and offers proven solutions for standards-based service orchestration and model-based network function management systems.
Enea’s software includes virtualization through KVM and Docker, optimized vSwitch, FCAPS management, VNF lifecycle management, Service Function Chaining (SFC), and an optimized data plane enabling a 10G line rate from VMs and Containers. It uses open and standard interfaces, making it completely hardware agnostic and fully portable, supporting interoperability for leading VNFs. VNF Lifecycle Management and Service Function Chaining can be carried out over a variety of northbound interfaces (NETCONF, REST, OpenStack and Docker).

An example entry-level SD-WAN solution from Enea and Advantech, with uCPE/SD-WAN characteristics, and simplified deployment/ease of use with Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP), automation, lifecycle management, and orchestration secured with NETCONF and a single multi-function VNF provides: VPN/Security, Light Firewall, Routing/NAT and WAN optimization on resource constrained optimized hardware from Advantech based on the Intel® Celeron® N3350  with 2GB RAM + 2 Cores and offers line rate networking performance.

The solution scales to support the FWA-1012VC from Advantech providing higher performance in a compact form-factor: Intel® Atom® C3000 System-on-Chip with Intel® QuickAssist Technology at 10Gbps and Intel® AES-NI and VT-d Support. The system supports SR-IOV on all ports via the SOC’s  integrated MAC and Intel i350 Ethernet Controller. Rich wireless connectivity with optional dual-SIM, 3G, 4G LTE module and WiFi module. And an optional PoE+ kit to support up to two 25.5W ports

For more details, check out today’s joint press release by clicking here

Paul Stevens – Telecom Sector Marketing Director


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