Just as white-box switches have transcended the traditional top-of-rack business model for customers demanding greater service flexibility and easier provisioning, enterprise customers are demanding more flexible, open, and cloud-based WAN technologies.

Enterprise services offered by Communication Service Providers (CSP) have traditionally required the installation of multiple hardware appliances at the customer site in order to deliver mainstream functions such as routing, firewall and VPN. The customer premise equipment or CPE used to accomplish this is typically deployed on proprietary or specialized WAN technology with dedicated appliances used to implement different network functions. In addition, WAN traffic generally flows over expensive, dedicated E1/T1 lines using MPLS technology and the CSP provides the management systems that are required to operate and maintain the network.

This approach has the benefits of guaranteeing enterprise customers with reliable network services and helps to ensure that service level agreements can be met. On the flip side, it offers little flexibility for businesses who require more capacity or additional services as it lacks the agility needed to quickly respond to new business opportunities. Time to revenue ultimately suffers as CSPs struggle to provision new services, which in turn slows the innovation cycle and delays growth.

These challenges can now be overcome thanks to Network Function Virtualization (NFV) elasticity which allows network services to be moved around different locations in the network, both at the service provider edge and on the customer premises. Specialized appliances are no longer required, as network functions like routers and firewalls become virtual network functions (VNFs) and can run on open networking platforms based on Intel architecture in the cloud as well as at the branch office. While physical service functions require a truck roll to deploy a new service, NFV provides the ability to bring virtualized service network functions to managed network service customers much faster.

The Appliance Advantage

Although standard IT servers may be considered for deployment of vE-CPE on the customer premises, white box appliances offer a reduced CAPEX alternative for deployment in volume. Advantech’s Universal vCPE offering embraces CSP disaggregation strategies through NFV and enables a more cost effective separation of hardware and software in the provisioning of zero-touch appliances installed at customer branch offices.

The Right box for Volume Deployment Today

Advantech’s open white-box vCPE approach, using standard Intel processors in feature-flexible appliances, provides the range of bare-metal server platforms needed by CSPs and system integrators to transform conventional deployment models in the enterprise WAN. Advantech’s initial white box vCPE range consists of 4 platforms that cover a broad set of configurations and price points:

The FWA-1320 and new FWA-1010VC table top appliances, along with the 1U rack mountable FWA-2320 are all based on the Intel Atom Processor C2000 system-on-chip formerly codenamed ‘Rangeley’. Intel QuickAssist and DPDK support provide the technology needed for up to 10x accelerated packet handling as well as encryption and compression offload. Ranging from 2 to 8 Atom cores the two platforms offer 500 to 1500Mbps of IPSec encrypted traffic throughput, depending on their configuration and target entry-level to mid-range vCPE deployment.

 

FWA-1010VC FWA-2320

 

The FWA-3260 is a server class 1U- rackmount compute and network appliance based on the Intel® Xeon® Processor D with up to 16 cores and up to 128GB of memory ensuring that the right performance level can be matched to the workload at hand. Integrated Intel® QuickAssist Technology accelerates execution of crypto algorithms including IPSec without burdening the CPU. As a result, secure branch connectivity including end-to-end encryption can be provided without compromising VNF performance or increasing cost. The system offers flexible connectivity with four 1GbE ports and two 10GbE SFP+ ports for WAN or additional LAN connectivity. A Network Mezzanine Card bay provides the ability to add additional I/O including handling a variety of 1GbE and 10GbE copper and fiber options. A PCIe gen.3 slot provides further expansion for IPsec acceleration and offload using the PCIE-3020 Intel® QuickAssist PCIe adapter.

 

FWA-3260

 

Branding, Customization & Logistics

Advantech’s white-boxes are OEM-Ready with customization and branding options available including chassis color, logo and front bezel design.

Advantech integration centers around the world, extended by those of certified system integration partners, propose extensive integration and test services prior to packaging and labelling.
Integrated ERP and SAP supply chain solutions, coupled with Advantech’s worldwide logistics network offers a flexible delivery model to meet specific needs and budget in order to simplify logistics as well as timely delivery and service to customers.

Enhanced Platform Management

Advantech’s networking platforms have been specifically designed to run high-availability telecommunication services and minimize costly downtime. Advantech’s Advanced Platform Management provides all required IPMI v2.0 Baseboard Management Controller (BMC) functionality and also additional features that allow local and remote users to early detect system degradation, avoid system interruption and shorten mean time to repair.

 

Ecosystem & Partnerships
For NFV and vE-CPE to work, an ecosystem of vendors is required to virtualize network functions like routers, firewalls, load balancers, WAN optimization controllers and more. Operating system vendors and orchestration experts need to come together to provide the tested and interoperable building blocks needed for technologies like vE-CPE and SD-WAN to enable the new IP infrastructure. That is why Advantech is working closely with the key vE-CPE vendors, with several hardware and software bundles now available for evaluation test and the gratification of numerous CSP trials underway in live networks. Bookmark this landing page and monitor the vE-CPE platform evolution that will enable much greater service agility and lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
Advantech vE-CPE and SD-WAN White-box Partnerships
Versa Networks Wind River
Advantech and Versa Networks Partner to Deliver NFV-Based Hardware and Software Solution for SD-WAN and SD-Security Advantech Enhances Remote Evaluation Service for online vE-CPE White-box Testing with Wind River NFV Platform
  
  
Telco Systems  
Telco Systems and Advantech Partner on Open vCPE Portfolio for SMB Segment  

 

Resources
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Portal:
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White Paper:
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