Advantech FWA-3050, verified Intel Select Solution for uCPE

Software defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) simplify the way networks are designed, deployed, and managed enabling both provider and customer to monetize on new business models faster, and to lower costs. The increasing adoption of these technologies is redefining enterprise connectivity at the network edge where service providers are virtualizing network elements such as routers, firewalls, application delivery controllers and SD-WAN appliances and reunifying them on open universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) that can be programmed to fulfill new functions on the fly.

To support these platforms, Intel has developed the Intel Select Solutions for uCPE reference design to arrive at a verified and workload-optimized configuration based on the functional requirements of a wide range of uCPE use cases. The FWA-3050 has been validated as Intel Select Solution for uCPE and combines Advantech's whitebox advantage with and the performance foundation of the Intel® Xeon® D processor on a commercial-off-the-shelf server-grade appliance that can host open-source and commercial software solutions with zero touch provisioning.

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FWA-3050 1U Network Appliance

The FWA-3050 is a versatile white box that can be configured to fit a wide range of uCPE deployments with flexible WAN connectivity and optional Intel® QuickAssist acceleration. Based on the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 Series processor, the FWA-3050 has been optimized to run virtualized enterprise workloads in a compact 1U enclosure that integrates advanced security and management features for better reliability.

  • Intel® Xeon® D-2100 series processor with up to 18C/36T and optional Intel® QuickAssit to boost performance
  • Four DDR4 DIMMs for up to 256 GB of ECC memory to support highly virtualized environments
  • Up to four fixed 10GbE SFP+ ports and eight 1GbE RJ45 ports
  • One Advantech Network Mezzanine Card (NMC) slot that can be populated with a choice of 1GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE and 40GbE network interfaces
  • Advanced Lights Out Management based on Advantech code base BMC and IPMI suite
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Network Mezzanine Cards (NMCs)

NMCs are cost-optimized, high density IO modules for use in Advantech’s Network Application Platforms. A wide choice of GbE, 10GbE, 25GbE and 40GbE modules supporting copper and fiber interfaces with or without advanced LAN bypass gives integrators the flexibility to match varying deployment scenarios.
Complementing a full range of network appliances supporting 1 to 8 NMC bays, these IO modules provide the scalability required to meet target price/performance ratios in even the most demanding use cases. At the same time, NMCs reduce the total cost of ownership and service cost via re-usability across the product range and multiple product generations. The option of factory and field installation enables upselling opportunities and "pay as you grow" concepts. Leveraging best-in-class Intel® Ethernet controller technology, NMCs provide a "plug-and-play" style user experience and offer a maximum of software compatibility with readily available drivers and sofware libraries.

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PCIe Adapters

Leveraging server-class Intel Ethernet controllers, Advantech Network Interface Cards give access to 1GbE, 10GbE and 40GbE 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.

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