Posted by Advantech on February 21, 2019:

Advantech’s verified Intel Select Solution for uCPE goes live for Service Provider Evaluation and Testing

Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain, Feb 22, 2019 – As Communication Service Providers (CommSPs) shift their SD-WAN and Enterprise Security focus to functions deployed on Universal CPE (uCPE), Advantech, ADVA and World Wide Technology (WWT) today announced a new initiative that will enable development teams to remotely test performance and functionality of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) running on verified Intel Select Solutions for uCPE. Orchestrated by ADVA’s ETSI MANO-compliant NFV orchestration solution, and backed by ADVA’s Ensemble Harmony Ecosystem of over 50 commercial VNFs, the initiative marks a premier in accelerating commercial uCPE deployments.

Online accessibility of white box uCPEs will accelerate Service Provider outcomes, by reducing the time it takes to evaluate, integrate and deploy new solutions at scale. WWT’s Advanced Technology Center (ATC) allows customers and partners to collaborate in both a lab environment and remotely, via a secure user portal and a unique mobile app. Together with ADVA and Advantech, WWT will enable evaluation partners to speed-up their uCPE and SD-WAN deployments over a broader range of 5G, G.Fast, GPON, xDSL and WiFi infrastructure.

The portal can be used by CommSPs and partners to rapidly verify VNFs on a pre-validated and workload optimized uCPE configuration based on the Advantech FWA-3050 a verified Intel Select Solution for uCPE. WWT is helping industry address the main challenges in the virtualization of the network infrastructure by providing an easy-to-use remote lab to evaluate:

  • Performance & Functionality: benchmark VNFs early on to detect and remove bottlenecks that may hit at different levels of the virtual stack.
  • Scalability & Network Architecture: validate scale-out and service chaining of VNFs, and prepare for intensive workloads.
  • Reliability & Security: test VNFs on carrier-grade platforms to assess overall system availability and expose them to real-world threats.

“By utilizing WWT’s ATC, CommSPs can significantly lower their time to revenue by validating the VNF service chains required for their new managed service offerings in a unique lab environment that’s been purpose built to test a variety of VNFs across a variety of uCPEs” said Joe Wojtal, WWT’s VP of Open Systems & Solutions. “WWT’s Integration Centers can be then be used to integrate the hardware and software for shipment to customer deployment locations.”

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