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The Intelligent Transformation: How Operators Can Build a 5G Ready Network Today!

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Page 13 GraphicOperators are making investments in software-based (SDN/NFV) mobile core solutions and the underlying data center IP infrastructure required to support this virtualized approach. As this is occurring, operators are also being challenged to understand the requirements of 5G services so that they can embrace this new generation of networks as seamless and cost-effectively as possible.

What only a few forward-thinking operators understand now, however, is that these two efforts can be done simultaneously with the right strategy, technology, and guidance.

In a webinar hosted by Heavy Reading, Juniper Networks’ Mobile Network Architect, Phil Lamoureux, and I presented how best-in-class software-based mobile core solutions, and distributed data center infrastructure are being used by operators globally. During this webinar, we looked at the pending arrival of 5G to understand some of its key service requirements. The examination of all three components provides a holistic view into how operators can simultaneously invest in flexible, “5G ready” applications and the required infrastructure to support them over 4G today and 5G tomorrow.

To view the entire webinar, head over to Light Reading.

What it Means to be Carrier Grade

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Today, Affirmed Networks and HP announced their collaboration to deliver a carrier-grade OpenStack NFV solution for mobile networks. This collaboration helps to bring NFV deeper into the carrier networks by allaying any concerns about the stability, performance, and technical understanding of open source technologies that are at the foundation of NFV today.

Carrier-Grade, Defined:

What is “carrier-grade”? According to Wikipedia, a “carrier-grade” or “carrier-class” refers to a system, or a hardware or software component that is extremely reliable, well tested and proven in its capabilities. Affirmed Networks and HP have worked closely together to jointly test the HP Helion environment under the performance demanding workload of a virtual Evolved Packet Core. Any carrier-grade system must be highly available and provide best in class performance and manageability. Particularly for the NFV workloads that can be much more demands on the cloud infrastructure than enterprise or even cloud application. In a carrier environment, packet rates, latency, uptime are the key tenants of a high functioning network and carriers can be assured that the Affirmed Networks vEPC and HP Helion environment excel on all fronts. The Helion management system is fully redundant and scalable that provides a system that can grow with carrier demands. Affirmed Networks’ vEPC dovetails nicely with the Helion environment providing the best performance and scale available.

The Helion OpenStack environment provides VNFs and carriers with the support of both SR-IOV and DPDK enabled vSwitch capabilities to suit a variety of carried SDN architectures and aspirations. Combined with the global support and technical guidance of HP configuring the system the way a carrier wants is easy and well supported.

The output of this collaboration is a turnkey environment for NFV that brings with it the hardened infrastructure that carriers require to run their businesses. To be a carrier-grade system, it must be robust and resilient to failure but also performant. Additionally, in today’s carrier with the advent of NFV, it must be flexible and dynamic.

Affirmed and HP have delivered all of this is a neatly packaged environment that gets carriers up and running in no time.