Advantech boosts remote evaluation of vE-CPE white-box testing with Wind River NFV platform

Created October 11, 2016
Technologies and Products

Advantech has joined forces with Wind River to make Wind River Titanium Server CPE available on Advantech white-box appliances based on the Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 series.

The Wind River portal at Advantech will allow communication service providers to remotely and securely connect to a fully functional Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure based on Advantech’s FWA-3260 white-box appliance, for VNF onboarding using a pre-qualified set of Virtual Network Functions.

The portal puts the Wind River virtual business customer premises equipment (vBCPE) reference design at the network architect’s fingertips and will help CSPs to rapidly size the configurations needed to optimally balance capex, opex and capacity strategies when planning their future virtual Enterprise CPE (vE-CPE) rollouts.

This is of particular importance to CSPs who need to absorb the capex outlay when planning large-scale deployment of new or replacement customer premise equipment. Over-specified platforms result in unneeded hardware components and increased capex while underspecified platforms can be the source of costly replacement programs and more unwanted truck rolls.

The CSP’s ability to correctly size compute, offload, memory and network throughput based on different VNF resource requirements for routing, firewalling and load balancing can now be easily put to the test using the Wind River portal connected to Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service.

RES provides a comprehensive framework for remote evaluation and performance testing of NFVIs and VNFs across a wide selection of Advantech platforms and hardware configurations. These platforms range from Intel Atom to Intel Xeon Processors with one to many cores, equipped with multiple gigabit to 100GbE ports, integrated into not only tabletop and rackmount appliances destined for customer premise deployment, but also carrier grade servers and blade servers for virtual service edge installations.

By connecting to Titanium Server CPE on the Advantech RES portal, CSPs will also be able to test Carrier Grade uptime for vBCPE services. When business uptime cannot be compromised CSPs can deploy cost-sensitive NFV applications such as a virtual Business CPE on two servers.

“As NFV advances, our RES lab is steadily growing in size and capacity”, said Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. ”We expect the new Wind River portal to become a valuable asset for CSPs developing vE-CPE SLAs, enabling them to verify the impact of different hardware configurations and virtualization options on VNF performance.”

“By working across the ecosystem with leaders like Advantech, we’re able to provide CSPs with an enterprise-class vCPE solution, running on an NFVI platform that ensures the demanding carrier grade reliability, security and performance required for their industry needs,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions, Wind River.


By Optical Connections News Team


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by Matthew Peach

Matthew Peach is a freelance technology journalist specialising in photonics and communications. He has previously worked for several business-to-business publishers, editing a range of high-tech magazines and websites.