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NFV platform speeds up cost-effective virtual CPE deployment

12 Feb 2016

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Wind River has announced the Wind River Titanium Server CPE that aims to accelerate the deployment of early network functions virtualisation (NFV) use cases such as virtualised customer premises equipment (vCPE). Moreover, enhancements to the Titanium Server portfolio (Titanium Server and Titanium Server CPE) speed up performance, enhance scalability and streamline commissioning, noted the company.

The Titanium Server portfolio comprises commercial NFV infrastructure software solutions that deliver the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks.

CPE applications have emerged as an early use case delivering significant savings in operational costs. The virtualisation of CPE functions, traditionally implemented as discrete physical appliances, reduces operating expenses (OPEX) through more efficient utilisation of compute resources, increased service deployment agility and the elimination of 'truck rolls' required to update and maintain equipment at remote locations. These OPEX savings may be achieved whether the virtualised CPE functions are hosted in a server at the customer premises, in a service provider point-of-presence (PoP), or in a central data centre. Given the undeniable benefits of a more virtualised and intelligent network, service providers will continue to push toward network transformation with the growth of NFV use cases such as vCPE and other software-defined and cloud technologies.

By leveraging the Titanium Server CPE platform, service providers can deploy cost-sensitive NFV applications such as a virtual business CPE (vBCPE) on only two servers. Each server runs the full set of carrier grade compute, control and storage functions, while working to deliver notable virtual network function (VNF) performance to maximise the number of users supported per server and thereby also maximise OPEX savings. At the same time, Titanium Server CPE helps service providers to maintain full carrier grade uptime for their vBCPE services, which enables them to cut any revenue impact resulting from service level agreement (SLA) penalties triggered by service downtime, indicated the company.

The latest release of the Titanium Server portfolio provides additional features including: dynamic CPU scaling; increased system scalability; support for latest high-performance network interface cards (NICs); virtual switch packet trace tool; support for 'QinQ' tunnelling; IPv6 support for all interfaces; bulk provisioning and automated deployment capabilities; and support for VNF access to hardware acceleration devices including the Intel Communications Chipset 8925 to 8955 series.

By using the Titanium Server portfolio as their NFV infrastructure platform, the telecom industry can enjoy the best of both worlds: the rapid service deployment typically found in enterprise networks as well as the carrier grade uptime and reliability mandated by telecom networks, the company stated. Based on open standards including carrier grade Wind River Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), OpenStack and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), while incorporating optimisations for Intel architecture, the Titanium Server portfolio promises high performance and carrier grade reliability.




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