Providing the Best Management Experience for the Network Edge Domain
RAD, the industry pioneer of virtualisation at the customer edge, has expanded its Service Assured Access (SAA) solutions portfolio by introducing a Distributed NFV (D-NFV) orchestrator as part of its RADview management suite. The orchestrator provides complete lifecycle management for the network edge, including planning, provisioning and performance monitoring for virtual and non-virtual resources.
“A successful transition to programmable networks with centralised end-to-end service orchestration requires integration with domain orchestrators,” explains Ulik Broida, Vice President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. “Our new D-NFV orchestrator for the network edge uses open source software and standard interfaces to simplify integration with higher layer orchestrators and OSS/BSS platforms,” he continues. “Featuring an intuitive, simple-to-operate best-in-class user interface, offline planning, point-and-click provisioning, application management and other tools, it accelerates service deployment while reducing costs.”
“RADview simplifies complex everyday tasks at the control room,” Broida adds, “but most importantly, it efficiently controls large heterogeneous networks based on RAD products while ensuring reliable service delivery with deep visibility into network and service performance.”
Customer Edge Virtualisation Engine
The D-NFV orchestrator enhances RAD’s vCPE platform, the ETX-2i, a powerful IP and Carrier Ethernet FPGA NID/NTU with a field pluggable x86 D-NFV module for hosting virtual network functions (VNFs). Specially designed to serve as a virtualisation engine at the customer edge for vCPE applications, the ETX-2i supports various architecture and VNF placement options to meet agility, performance, security and cost needs.
“What makes ETX-2i unique is its dynamic service-oriented flow treatment (SOFT) for optimising hardware and software resources, especially when chaining services, and to allow the use of more applications with better QoE,” Broida notes.
“A Welcome Development”
“Given the widespread industry attention that virtual premises equipment is getting, it’s becoming clear that vCPE will play a pivotal role in the transition to SDN and NFV,” commented Dr. Jim Metzler of Ashton Metzler Associates. “But the key to realising the full potential of the vCPE is management and orchestration,” he says. “Solutions such as RAD’s, therefore, are a welcome development in ensuring that virtualised networks will indeed become a reality.”
RAD’s vCPE solution won the Network Virtualisation Industry Award for NFV Innovation of the Year at Network Virtualisation & SDN World 2014, and has been shortlisted this year for a Telecoms.com Award for Virtualisation Excellence and a Broadband World Forum Award for Best Virtualisation Solution.
RAD is a global Telecom Access solutions and products vendor. Our Service Assured Access solutions for mobile, business and wholesale service providers are designed to improve the way they compete: service agility to minimise time to revenue, complete visibility of network performance for greater operational efficiency and better QoE to reduce churn. We are at the forefront of pioneering technologies, such as Distributed NFV-based vCPEs, MEF Carrier Ethernet 2.0, performance monitoring for any network, hardware miniaturisation, and timing synchronisation over packets.
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