Showing posts with label Advantech. Show all posts
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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Advantech launches Intel Select Solutions for NFVI

Advantech unveiled two systems that are verified as Intel Select Solutions for NFVI, enabling developers to gain faster access to advanced configurations that speed the rollout of highly-optimized NFV solutions.

The Advantech FWA-6170 workload-optimized network appliance and the SKY-8201 carrier-grade server are both based on integrated high-performance Intel Xeon Platinum and Gold processors. The configuration complies with specific network, storage, and integrated platform acceleration products from Intel to maximize virtual machine density. The high-performance CPUs, balanced I/O, and onboard acceleration with Intel QuickAssist Technology combined with optimizations through DPDK allow for the achievement of exceptional throughput and latency performance. These technologies improve data and control plane throughput, latency, and jitter performance, and allow virtual network functions (VNFs) to meet their performance requirements.

“Next generation central offices, telecom cloud and edge compute will require a significant boost in performance, network throughput and agility to maximize the opportunities created by 5G at sustainable costs.” said Ben Shen, Director of NFV Infrastructure Division, Advantech Networks & Communications Group.  “Intel Select Solutions for NFVI help close the gap and speed the transformation needed to support the next wave of applications where lower latency, additional bandwidth and increased storage capacities will be essential.”

“Advantech’s systems have been optimized to streamline deployment of new NFV infrastructure for CommSPs.” said Sandy Chen, Director of Enterprise Networking, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. “They both meet, and in some cases exceed Intel Select Solutions for NFVI performance thresholds while providing the flexibility to scale up compute performance, massively scale out network connectivity and experience a throughput boost from Intel® QuickAssist Technology acceleration to fit many NFV workloads.”

http://www.advantech.com/resources/case-study/intel%C2%AE-select-solution-for-nfvi-with-advantech-servers--appliances

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

6WIND, Advantech and Cloudify demo vRouter for White Box Networking

At this week's Mobile World Congress, 6WIND is demonstrating high-performance vRouter use cases for white box networking with partners Advantech and Cloudify.

The demo infrastructure includes:
  • vRouter: 6WIND Turbo Router and Turbo IPsec are routing and IPsec VPN software network appliances to be deployed in bare metal environments or as Virtual Machines (VMs) on COTS servers with licenses for 1 – 100G throughput in a single software instance.
  • COTS Server: Advantech's SKY-8101 offers an innovative white box networking hardware infrastructure in a short depth, 1RU single-socket Intel Xeon Scalable Processor server with a wide choice of GbE, 10GbE & 40GbE connectivity. 6WIND's vRouter software appliances are deployed as VMs and scale linearly with the assigned processor cores.
  • Management & Orchestration: Cloudify Manager is serving the VNF Manager and NFV Orchestrator functions for the 6WIND vRouter. 6WIND's virtual appliances are instantiated on OpenStack, and OSPF routing and IPsec VPN tunnels are configured, deployed and orchestrated by Cloudify Manager with TOSCA based templates. The solution is then monitored by Grafana out of the box or any other pluggable monitoring platform of choice.

"The future of networking is high-performance software on white box servers, just as we've already seen with examples such as cell phones and computers," said Eric Carmès, Founder and CEO of 6WIND. "The combination of 6WIND, Advantech and Cloudify brings the promise of white box networking with a ready-to-use vRouter that can displace expensive networking hardware to save Network Operator budgets today."

"Universal CPE has successfully disrupted the customer edge with cost-saving SD-WAN and VNF rollouts by service providers around the globe," said Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. "In the same vein, we expect this next wave of white box solutions to revolutionize the Provider Edge."

"Building an ecosystem of interoperability is the only way to open up a market that has been a black box of closed technology to date," said Sebastian Grabski, Solution Architect at Cloudify. "Cloudify's goal through this partnership is to achieve both openness & interoperability, as well as greater flexibility. Through open source and open standards with TOSCA - it is now possible for organizations to build best of breed networking stacks with cutting edge technology like 6WIND & Advantech, with VNF management and orchestration across clouds and environments more rapidly and economically."

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

RAD and Advantech partner on Universal CPE White Box

RAD and the Networks & Communications Group of Advantech have developed a universal CPE (uCPE) white box solution offering carrier-class service demarcation and enhanced performance assurance capabilities.  This includes the ability to deliver premium, SLA-based Carrier Ethernet and IP services combined with advanced diagnostics capabilities to detect, localize and troubleshoot network and NFVI/VNF performance issues.

The solution includes Advantech’s universal CPE (uCPE) white box and RAD’s vCPE-OS, which hosts virtual network functions (VNFs) from any vendor.

The ecosystem partnership between the two companies also includes interoperability certification of RAD’s Linux–based vCPE-OS on Advantech’s FWA-1010VC, providing a carrier-class NFV infrastructure (NFVI) with open management interfaces, and with acceleration and integrated networking capabilities.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Telco Systems and Advantech deliver open vCPE solution for SMB market

Telco Systems, a BATM Advanced Communications company and provider of CE 2.0, MPLS, IP, SDN/NFV solutions, and the Networks & Communications Group within Advantech have jointly announced a partnership to deliver an open vCPE solution designed to enable VNF services using cost optimised hardware.

The partnership between Telco Systems and Advantech is intended to facilitate the rapid deployment of Telco Systems' NFVTime open vCPE solution across a range of Advantech white box appliances. The NFVTime suite offers a service-ready, plug-and-play vCPE solution that integrates white box hardware, NFVi-OS and a VNF portfolio that can be centrally managed and orchestrated.

The combined offering is based on:

1.         Telco Systems' NFVTime solution, designed to allow telcos and managed service providers to flexibly deploy any VNF service, including SD-WAN, vRouter, vFirewall, vProbe and vSecurity, remotely, as and when required with zero touch provisioning.

2.         Advantech's FWA-1010VC white box vCPE appliance, which is based on Intel Atom architecture, or for demanding on-premises workloads, the FWA-3260 appliance with Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 to provide greater processing headroom, additional encryption offload and higher network throughput.

In addition, the NFVTime solution features a range of LTE, WiFi, LAN and WAN connectivity to help simplify product deployments by leveraging the infrastructure available in a particular location.


The companies stated that by deploying the joint, open vCPE solution on high performance, cost optimised white box appliances, telcos and managed service providers can efficiently expand vCPE-based NFV services targeting small-to-medium sized business (SMB) customers.



  • Recently, Telco Systems and Silver Peak, a provider of broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, unveiled an open vCPE solution for managed SD-WAN services. The joint solution integrates the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnectSP virtual SD-WAN solution with Telco Systems' Verge platform, an open, service-ready vCPE based on x86 hardware platforms and part of its NFVTime suite.]

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ALU Builds Out vRAN portfolio with Red Hat, Advantech, 6Wind

Alcatel-Lucent announced collaboration agreements with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND. The partnerships are aimed at accelerating the delivery of commercial virtualized radio access network (vRAN) products.

Alcatel-Lucent is trialling its near-commercial vRAN with leading service providers in North America, Asia and Europe using a platform that consists of 6WIND, Advantech and Red Hat hardware and software. In 2016 Alcatel-Lucent will expand these trials using the CloudBand NFV™ platform to onboard and manage applications.

Some key points:

  • Alcatel-Lucent and Red Hat are expanding their existing collaboration on CloudBand and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to jointly enhance NFV-based features and better address the needs of the telecommunications market with open source. This includes the integration of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform,  and Red Hat Ceph Storage within Alcatel-Lucent’s vRAN offering.
  • Advantech is supplying its Packetarium XLc PAC-6009, a high-density carrier-grade blade server with switching infrastructure that supports all processing, storage and switching elements in a compact size.  Advantech’s PAC-6009 server is ‘NEBS compliant’ for the North American market and fits in a standard rack to simplify network introduction.
  • 6WIND will supply its 6WINDGate product offering a variety of networking and security protocols and features to allow Alcatel-Lucent to optimize the performance of its vRAN technology.
  • Alcatel-Lucent is also working with a number of service providers to develop innovative NFV-based radio access network technologies. Additionally the company demonstrated its progress with China Mobile, Telefónica and Intel at Mobile World Congress in 2015 and announced the industry’s first live field trial of vRAN technology with China Mobile in July. 

"We are leaders in vRAN technology and use a strategy of collaboration to integrate leading third-party technologies and deliver world-class products that meet the unique needs of our service provider customers. Working with Red Hat, Advantech and 6WIND we are accelerating the availability of our vRAN, giving operators the flexibility and efficiency they require on a large-scale to meet subscriber data demand into the future,” said Glenn Booth, vice-president of Wireless Portfolio Management and Strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.

https://www.alcatel-lucent.com

Advantech Launches Packetarium XLc Carrier Grade Blade Server

Advantech launched its Packetarium XLc carrier-grade blade server designed for mobile edge computing, where greater scalability and elasticity are needed to respond to fluctuations in subscriber demand and the introduction of additional new services.

Advantech said its Packetarium XLc is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telco-grade server of its class to extend Network Function Virtualization (NFV) beyond the core network to both edge and access equipment. The system scales compute performance over nine Intel Xeon processor blades. Higher processing densities and lower power footprints are achieved through dual Intel Xeon processor blades that provide up to 144 powerful Intel Xeon processor cores in a compact 6U platform with a reduced depth of 400mm. The system routes traffic through two redundant switches that connect to the dual-star backplane creating an internal network with no single point of failure. It integrates Advantech’s Advanced Platform Management and is designed to meet demanding industry standards requiring five 9’s availability and NEBS Level 3 compliance.

Dan Rodriguez, General Manager, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division, said “Advantech’s Packetarium XLc is a good example of how members of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem play a key role in providing operators with the tools they need to actually go out and deploy a scalable and flexible NFV infrastructure built on Intel Xeon processors”.

“The Packetarium XLc enabled by a rich middleware partner ecosystem provides a solid NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) to application developers and content providers enabling them with the cloud-computing capabilities and IT-style service environment they need at the edge of the mobile network so they can drive new revenue streams for operators.” said Peter Marek, Senior Director x86 Solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “In addition, the system addresses real network deployment needs in locations with high mobile subscriber density and where greenfield installations are not possible.”

http://www2.advantech.com/networks-telecom/News.aspx?doc_id=32F7F005-9765-459F-B8B9-ECAF13A5B1C5


Monday, November 9, 2015

Advantech Extends Ultra High-End Network Appliance Range for 100GbE

Advantech is expanding its family of next-generation, ultra-high end network appliances with a new model for network Service Providers.

The Advantech FWA-6522R achieves mid-range cost efficiencies suitable for stateless load-balancing of thousands of rules/flows compared to the high-range FWA-6522C capable of handling millions of flows using more sophisticated stateless and state aware load balancing technology. It uses the new Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 to add an extra layer of intelligence in front of four Intel Xeon processors in order to optimize packet delivery from high-speed 10/40/100 GbE ports.

The Intel FM10000 switches traffic from the high-speed network ports over 8-lane PCIe gen3 interfaces providing up to 50 Gbps of data bandwidth to each processor. Using advanced hash-based algorithms, the FM10000 ensures an even distribution of loads across the FWA-6522R processing resources. This enables the offload of compute intensive workloads required by network functions such as intrusion detection systems, firewalls, or virtual switching and accelerates overall packet delivery. For data center bridging (DCB) applications, the FM1000 not only distributes flows across the sockets and cores within the FWA-6522R, but can also efficiently spread incoming high bandwidth flows across Intel Xeon processor resources in downstream server clusters in compliance with new DCB standards such as PFC, ETS and DCBX.

The FWA-6522R makes use of the Ethernet switching capability, frame processing pipeline and TCAM support in the Intel Ethernet Multi-host Controller FM10000 to provide advanced features for network appliance and NFV applications. It provides high-bandwidth low-latency connectivity between the CPUs and the network, and offloads Open vSwitch functions into hardware, to help improve system performance and reduce system cost by freeing up CPU cores.

The FWA-6522R preserves the benefits that come from a FlowNIC model and the ability to develop applications using a single x86 software tool chain. This significantly reduces development and support expenses by maintaining compatibility with industry standard software frameworks such as Linux, Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), OpenFlow and Open vSwitch.

To meet the needs of complex applications the FWA-6522R also maintains the same compute capacity as the high-range FWA-6522C powered by four high performance Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-4600 v3 CPUs for faster application response and support for memory densities up to 1TB of RAM.

The platform provides up to 400Gbps of flexible network I/O through four hot-pluggable PHY Mezzanine Modules with various network interface choices up to 100GbE and optional advanced LAN bypass. Its unique system design improves PCIe connectivity and thermal performance in a compact 2U rackmount footprint. Carrier-grade IPMI and BIOS features include hardware-redundant BIOS and fail safe HPM.1 firmware updates of all components for advanced reliability.

"With the introduction of low-latency 100GbE traffic handling on our flagship FWA-6522C we brought a new breed of platform to the industry capable of handling data plane intensive applications for over 100 million flows in just a small 2U footprint. That was quite an engineering achievement," said Peter Marek, Senior Director, x86 Solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. "Today we're introducing a new member to the ultra-high-end network appliance family that will further democratize FlowNIC technology and offer an economical mid-range solution for customers using the latest compute technology and full Ethernet switching capability from Intel."

http://www.advantech.com/nc


Advantech Debuts Platforms with Intel Xeon Processor D-1500s

Advantech unveiled a series of platforms based on the new Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family and scaling from Advanced Mezzanine Cards (AMC) and Versatile Server Modules (VSM) to Carrier Grade servers and Network Security appliances, all the way to high density, highly available blade server platforms for NFV and Edge Computing. Use

The Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family offers a range of cores for performance scalability, 128MB of memory and dual Intel Ethernet 10GbE ports, and enables services to be delivered with high reliability, availability, and serviceability.

Versatile Server Module - the MIC-8304 VSM is the first member of a family of Server-on-a-Module platforms. VSMs allow for simplified integration of the latest, high performance Intel processors into equipment such as small cells, base stations, carrier Ethernet and demarcation boxes to add service capabilities. By running the same VNFs that run in the core network, VSM is a key element of what Advantech terms as NFV elasticity. The tailored, rich feature set also makes VSMs an ideal choice for control plane applications in telecom as well as enterprise networking. Advantech has demonstrated the use of the VSM in a wide range of equipment such as a cloud control node inside its new Packetarium™ XLc system, as a server node inside an SDN-enabled Top-of-Rack Switch and adapted for use by Equipment Providers to add service capabilities based on NFV technologies to existing legacy platforms amongst others.

1U mid-range network appliance - the FWA-3260 brings robust performance into a cost and feature optimized 1U platform for network security and other enterprise networking applications. With the scalability of the new Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family it also enables cost efficient solutions in new applications such as software defined WAN (SD-WAN) and virtualized Enterprise CPE (vE-CPE). A vCPE variant of the appliance is under preparation as a vCPE demonstrator platform with pre-integrated Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel ONP) Server-compliant NFV middleware and 3rd party VNFs from select members of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem.

1U Carrier Grade Server - the CGS-3010 based on the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family offers a single processor option for customers looking for the best price/performance ratio with balanced compute and I/O expandability. The server has been designed to support two full-height, full-length PCIe cards at high TDP fitting applications that need both server-class performance and a sophisticated PCIe subsystem.

Packetarium XLc PAC-6009 Carrier Grade Blade Server and NFVI - accommodates the maximum density of compute available in a 400mm deep 6U carrier-grade chassis. It is a highly scalable platform for deploying Intel Atom processor, Intel Xeon E5 processor and Intel Xeon Processor D-1500-based blades designed for the most demanding NFV workloads. For media processing and content handling needs, it offers a flexible infrastructure for the addition of video acceleration hardware providing unprecedented video encoding capabilities. The system's 400W per RU power footprint enables deployment in industry standard 19" racks. The PAC-6009 chassis incorporates a highly versatile and modular design with 9 front slots to host 9 single or dual node Intel Xeon processor-based blades. Generic compute blades run application workloads (VNFs) while dedicated cloud control nodes provide orchestration and virtual infrastructure management functions. Cloud storage nodes for content caching and nodes optimized for media and image processing are in preparation. Built-in high availability features and the high compute density achievable at rack-level make the PAC-6009 a perfect fit for scale-out data plane workloads as well as mission critical control plane gear.

Intel Xeon Processor D-1500-based compute blades are available for the Packetarium XLc in single or dual node SKUs. The MIC-8304C node blade is based on a single 8- or 16-core Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 with additional on-board SSD storage while the MIC-8303C is a dual node blade equipped with two 8- or 16-core Intel Xeon Processor D-1500 series CPUs. The MIC-8304C and MIC-8303C extend the range of available blades and complement the MIC-8302C node blade based on a single Intel Xeon Processor E5-2600 v3 with up to 14 cores.

Processor AMC - the MIC-5604C is designed to upgrade legacy equipment to the Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family, enabling higher performance compute and LAN speeds. Processor AMC's are broadly used as control plane and service processors in ATCA switches and many bespoke network equipment designs.

"The Intel Xeon processor D-1500 product family enables robust levels of performance and integration for enterprise, data center and telecom networking equipment alike," said Peter Marek, senior director x86 solutions, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. "The processors offer a foundation for platforms that can be used in various deployment scenarios and that scale from access, edge to core, from small to corporate offices and data centers. Our full range of products announced today will not only bring significant CAPEX and OPEX savings to equipment providers and carriers, but will allow them to capitalize on innovative technologies using an NFVI-on-a-module approach, using stand-alone appliances and servers for legacy and virtualized premise equipment, and leverage carrier-grade blade servers optimized for best-in-class compute density at rack level. With support for Intel QuickAssist technology across the product range, even greater efficiencies can be achieved for use cases requiring support for security protocols like IPsec or support for compression/decompression."
http://www2.advantech.com.tw/nc/newsletter/NCG/Xeon-platforms/


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Advantech Unveils 2nd Generation Ultra-High End Appliance

Advantech introduced its next-generation, ultra-high end network appliance tailored for network and security platform manufacturers looking to scale application throughput to hundreds of gigabits per second.

Advantech's FWA-6522C optimizes packet delivery from high-speed network interfaces into CPU sockets and into the virtual machines by adding an extra layer of intelligence in front of the Intel Xeon processors. The FWA-6522C increases throughput and reduces latency by integrating a Netronome Flow Processor (NFP) to route high-speed traffic to the destination Intel Xeon physical or virtualized cores. The NFP is a fully programmable flow processor which is connected to the Intel Xeon processors using four PCIe x8 Gen3 interfaces. To eliminate architectural bottlenecks, stateful packet processing and application-aware load balancing can be easily offloaded to the NFP via user space APIs, or using industry standard SDN interfaces such as OVSDB and Openflow. The FWA-6522C also provides acceleration for the Open vSwitch datapath.

The new FWA-6522C upgrades Advantech’s previous generation ultra-high end appliance with the Intel Xeon Processor E5-4600 v3 product family, which provides 50% more cores, threads and cache than previous generation for faster application response.

The quad socket FWA-6522C also increases memory density supporting up to 1TB of RAM which is essential in highly complex applications. The FWA-6522C provides up to 400 Gbps of flexible network I/O through four PHY Mezzanine Modules with various network interface choices up to 100 GbE and optional advanced LAN bypass. Its unique system design improves PCIe connectivity and thermal performance in a compact 2U rackmount footprint. Carrier-grade IPMI and BIOS features include hardware-redundant BIOS and fail safe HPM.1 firmware updates of all components for advanced reliability.

Advantech said its FWA-6522C enables demanding packet processing applications such as network/cybersecurity and network analytics to offload compute intensive functions like packet classification, load balancing, flow state tracking and virtual switching to cost-effectively meet 100 GbE networking needs.

“With the arrival of 100 GbE interfaces, whitebox server platforms struggle to run data plane intensive applications dealing with over 100 million flows. Complex packet classification and flow load balancing tasks cannot be handled efficiently by commodity hardware. To efficiently scale network applications while avoiding complexity of bladed system architectures a new breed of system is required”, said Peter Marek, Senior Director x86 Solutions, Advantech. “The FWA-6522C’s innovative design overcomes limitations of whitebox architectures in high-end networking. The integrated workload-specific processor offloads flow and packet processing tasks so that customers can fully exploit the increased CPU horsepower of the FWA-6522C to boost performance of next-generation high-end network applications.”

“Advantech’s FWA-6522C ultra-high-end appliance sets a new benchmark for application performance for those looking to scale x86-based systems for throughput and port density, including 100 gigabit Ethernet,” said Jarrod Siket, senior vice president of marketing and general manager of the networking and communications business unit at Netronome. “Netronome’s smart flow processing platforms offload and secure virtualized servers and appliances at cloud scale, and are purpose-built for SDN and NFV designs.”

http://www.advantech.com/nc

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Advantech Launches Packetarium XLc Carrier Grade Blade Server

Advantech launched its Packetarium XLc carrier-grade blade server designed for mobile edge computing, where greater scalability and elasticity are needed to respond to fluctuations in subscriber demand and the introduction of additional new services.

Advantech said its Packetarium XLc is the first commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) telco-grade server of its class to extend Network Function Virtualization (NFV) beyond the core network to both edge and access equipment. The system scales compute performance over nine Intel Xeon processor blades. Higher processing densities and lower power footprints are achieved through dual Intel Xeon processor blades that provide up to 144 powerful Intel Xeon processor cores in a compact 6U platform with a reduced depth of 400mm. The system routes traffic through two redundant switches that connect to the dual-star backplane creating an internal network with no single point of failure. It integrates Advantech’s Advanced Platform Management and is designed to meet demanding industry standards requiring five 9’s availability and NEBS Level 3 compliance.

Dan Rodriguez, General Manager, Intel Communications Infrastructure Division, said “Advantech’s Packetarium XLc is a good example of how members of the Intel Network Builders ecosystem play a key role in providing operators with the tools they need to actually go out and deploy a scalable and flexible NFV infrastructure built on Intel Xeon processors”.

“The Packetarium XLc enabled by a rich middleware partner ecosystem provides a solid NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) to application developers and content providers enabling them with the cloud-computing capabilities and IT-style service environment they need at the edge of the mobile network so they can drive new revenue streams for operators.” said Peter Marek, Senior Director x86 Solutions, Advantech Networks and Communications Group. “In addition, the system addresses real network deployment needs in locations with high mobile subscriber density and where greenfield installations are not possible.”

http://www2.advantech.com/networks-telecom/News.aspx?doc_id=32F7F005-9765-459F-B8B9-ECAF13A5B1C5


6WIND Launches Remote NFV Portal with Advantech

Advantech and 6WIND announced the opening of 6WIND’s remote Network Function Virtualization (NFV) portal for telecom operators, integrators and Virtual Network Function (VNFs) partners worldwide.

The portal provides access to a broad range of highly scalable NFV platforms where the performance of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator and Turbo Appliances, plus third-party VNFs, can be rapidly evaluated, and where interoperability between VNFs can be successfully validated.

The initiative is also intended to encourage collaboration between VNF vendors, NFV middleware providers such as 6WIND, OpenStack vendors, and platform providers such as Advantech to stimulate further innovation, to speed wider adoption and faster deployment of NFV-related technologies.

Testing is currently underway with third-party VNF vendors on a variety of software appliances providing functions such as load balancing, security and policy enforcement that enable VNF as a Service (VNFaaS) solutions. In addition, 6WIND is now demonstrating the NFV portal test drive environment at its monthly DPDK Meetups, showing users how to run their own applications in the cloud leveraging OpenStack with increased performance from 6WIND Virtual Accelerator.

“In the transition to NFV and virtual networking environments, telecom operators, integrators and application vendors can benefit from Advantech’s Remote Evaluation Service to help solve performance challenges faster and deploy the best solutions to meet fast-evolving needs,” said Eric Carmès, Founder and CEO of 6WIND. “Our NFV portal in Advantech’s lab allows users to test 6WIND’s Turbo Appliances and third party VNFs on top of 6WIND Virtual Accelerator managed by OpenStack for rapid performance evaluation.”

“We’re excited to expand our Remote Evaluation Service program from hardware-only to full NFV platforms” said Paul Stevens, Marketing Director, Advantech Networks & Communications Group. “We deploy widely used and fully featured OSs in the telecom industry and 6WIND’s Virtual Accelerator adds the most advanced acceleration for VM-to-VM communication on top of Advantech’s range of scalable networking hardware based on x86 architecture. Not only will RES for NFV allow users to evaluate NFV platforms and configurations quickly but it will also foster collaboration with VNF providers to enhance interoperability and speed innovation.”

http://6wind.testdrive-advantech-nfv.com/




Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Advantech video: NFV Elasticity at the Edge and Access

Advantech introduces its Packeterium platform for network functions virtualization (NFV). The rollout includes a solution made for middle boxes on a GiLAN, as well as another version tailor-built for extending NFV capabilities out from the central offices to the edge of the network - supporting visions like Intel's Edge Cloud or what ETSI refers to as Mobile Edge Computing.  Advantech is also introducing a Versatile Server Module (VSM) for server-class processing of VNFs at the access layer.

Presented by Peter Marek and Paul Stevens.

See video:  https://youtu.be/xUIn0wyta4I

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Advantech: Accelerating Network Platform Evolution with Packeterium XL

Advantech introduces its Packeterium XL platform, tailored to meet the needs of next generation networks and NFV. The platform integrates the highest performance Intel Xeon processors with up to 2 terabits of switching capability, and up to 600 Gbps of networking I/O.

Presented by Peter Marek and Adam Powell

See video: https://youtu.be/5DON9mko11U


Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Advantech: Faster Development with a Deep NFV Ecosystem

Advantech is building a deep ecosystem for accelerating the rollout of NFV infrastructure. In this video, Paul Stevens introduces the Advantech ecosystem, Renu Navale discusses participation in Intel's Network Builders community , Kelly LeBlanc discusses 6Wind's high-performance virtual accelerator technology, and Charlie Ashton presents the Wind River Titanium Server NFV infrastructure solution.

See video: https://youtu.be/HifjkJLLO-s


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Freescale Intros White Box SDN with Advantech

Freescale Semiconductor introduced its new SDN switching platform powered by its QorIQ multicore processors and designed to bring intelligence, agility and security to the network’s edge for the secure Internet of Tomorrow.

The white box solution, which was developed in conjunction with Advantech, leverages Freescale’s 24-core, server-class QorIQ T4240 processor and VortiQa Open Network software. The platform couples the QorIQ processors with standard switch ASIC devices. The platform utilizes standards-based protocols such as OpenFlow, and supports manageability through open technologies such as OpenStack and OpenDaylight. It includes VNF support, commercial grade VortiQa SDN software supporting OpenFlow version 1.3 with extensions for Layer 4 and above protocols, and Layer 2/3 forwarding.

Freescale said its new platform enables exceptional network security for virtualized environments by supporting the integration of high performance packet processing functions such as firewalling, intrusion detection and IPSEC over VxLAN.

“In recent years, the world’s networks have undergone a dramatic transformation. Enterprises, network carriers and their equipment suppliers need a new generation of switching technology for this new era,” said Sam Fuller, head of Strategy and Solutions for Freescale’s Digital Networking group. “Freescale’s intelligent switching platform helps OEMs and their customers unleash the full value of SDN, while saving power and cost by eliminating the need for additional appliances commonly required in traditional switching implementations.”

“The Freescale network services switching platform further expands Advantech’s switching product portfolio for equipment manufacturers, integrators and service providers.” said John Muller, vice president of Sales and Marketing, Advantech Networks and Communications group. “When combined with VortiQa Open Network switch software, Enterprise IT and cloud service providers will be able to drive greater flexibility and efficiency into their software defined infrastructure to support the increasing demand for new and innovative services.”

The Freescale platform will be available from Advantech as a commercial grade product that can be customized to meet specific customer requirements in various deployment scenarios. Advantech will be offering first line hardware and software support and services on the platform to facilitate customer designs, reduce development cycles and accelerate time-to-market. The platform will be shipping to lead customers in 2H15 with initial support for IPSec VPN, Policy Based Routing and L2/L3 Ethernet Switching.

http://www.freescale.com

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Advantech - #NFV Reaches the Tipping Point



NFV is a big theme at Mobile World Congress 2015.  Paul Stevens previews the latest from Advantech.


See also