Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI accelerate network design, evaluation and deployment trhough optimized hardware and software configurations that have been specifically designed to deliver high performance for virtualized packet-based workloads.
Advantech SKY-8101D and SKY-8201L servers are verified Intel® Select Solutions for NFVI that help Communication Service Providers build a future-ready infrastructure addressing the performance, scalability and integration concerns of disaggregated software and hardware architectures so that they can focus on added-value services.
The Advantech SKY-8101D is a highly configurable high performance server designed to balance the best in x86 server-class processing with maximum I/O and offload density in a compact 1U 29.5" depth chassis. The system is a cost effective, robust platform optimized for superior reliability in business critical applicationssuch as communications and edge cloud. It is specifically designed for highly virtualized environments where maximum IO connectivity is needed or the integration of industry leading offload and acceleration technology is essential.
The Advantech SKY-8201L is a highly configurable high performance server designed to balance the best in x86 server-class processing with maximum storage, I/O and offload density in a 2U 27.5" depth chassis. Specifically designed for applications requiring high capacity, front loading, hot-swappable storage with RAID support, the SKY-8201L accommodates up to twelve 3.5" or twentyfour 2.5" removable drive bays at the front of the system, eight/twenty of which support SATA/SAS connectivity and a further four optional 2.5" NVMe drives, each connected to a PCIe Gen3 x4 Intel OCuLink bus. With support for Intel® VROC hybrid NVMe and SATA RAID, the server is ideal for video caching and edge transcoding, data acquisition, storage and processing as well as accelerated edge processing and analytics.
Leveraging server-class Intel® Ethernet controllers, Advantech Network Interface Cards give access to 1GbE, 10GbE, 40GbE and 100GbE interfaces with industrial life cycle and life cycle management. In addition, our dual or single Intel® QuickAssist acceleration cards can supplement the CPU throughput for the termination of standard security protocols such as IPsec and SSL.
Advantech PCIE-2320 dual 40GbE and PCIE-1220PS dual 10GbE adapters were used to verify Intel® Select Solution for NFVI on the SKY-8101D and SKY-8201L.
Intel® Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform (NFVI FP) is an enhanced NFVI solution for 4G or 5G core User Plane Functions (UPF), broadband use cases, such as virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG), network services such as virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), IPsec Gateways (vSecGW), and cable use cases such as virtual Cable Modem Termination System (vCMTS) that demand high performance and packet processing throughput. The Advantech SKY-8101D server is a verified Intel Select Solution for NFVI FP plus, base and controller node with Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack tuned to meet a performance threshold capable of serving large numbers of subscribers thanks to a more efficient use of the infrastructure for lower TCO.
Following Intel® Select Solution for NFVI FP specification, Advantech and partners RedHat, netElastic and WWT have integrated a vBNG that maximizes network I/O per NUMA node for increased subscriber density. Designed as a solution-ready platform, the configuration can serve up to 128,000 subscribers with 300 Gbps data plane throughput per 1U SKY-8101D server.
“Advantech is committed to the Intel Select Solutions program objective of helping communication service providers solve the SDN NFV challenges with optimized and tested, predictable behaviour infrastructure that is ready to roll. The vBNG solution is an example of streamlined collaboration under the Intel Select Solutions umbrella where a commercial solution for a demanding data plane use case has been fully integrated, tested and verified in less than one week, successfully achieving the expected high performance results. ”
“5G Core to Edge infrastructure is built on cloud-based architectures, and we created the Intel Select NFVi FP Solution to fuel the most demanding cloud-based network infrastructure requirements. We are excited to have partners like Advantech join us in the delivery of the Intel Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform starting with a vBNG workload for the transformation of the CoSP Next Generation Central Office. The solution provided through this collaboration will enable CoSPs to confidently deploy pre-tested, validated and fully optimized platforms to meet the ever increasing packet processing needs.”
“The Intel Select Solution for NFVI Forwarding Platform is an ideal design for our high-performance Virtual BNG solution. Working closely with Advantech, we’re excited to reach a new level of vBNG performance on the Advantech SKY-8101D 1U server.”
“We leveraged World Wide Technology’s Advanced Technology Center to validate demonstrate the high performance and throughput of Advantech’s SKY 8101-D, an Intel Select Solution NFVI Forwarding Platform (or Plane) using netElastic’s virtual broadband network gateway (vBNG). We are confident that the pre-validated solution while accelerating deployment and time to market for our customers also provides them with a scalable high performance solution in a cost optimized form factor.”