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Cavium, Enea Unveil uCPE Optimization Platform

September 15, 2017

The data center is the hub of operations, all business functions stop and start with network performance in our SaaSy times. This places a premium on network components and maintenance – whether virtual, optical or both, there is no room for a misfiring network.

This week, a partnership between Cavium and Enea is bearing fruit. The duo announced the availability of optimized uCPE solutions utilizing the Cavium OCTEON TX ARMv8 processor SoC suites and the Enea NFV Access software platform.

“uCPE provides on-demand deployment of multiple network functions previously each implemented as its own purpose built appliance, plus virtualization software platform in cost effective single-box COTS systems,” noted Raj Singh Vice President & General Manager of the Network & Communication Group at Cavium. “Cavium’s highly integrated OCTEON TX ARMv8 processor SoC families, with high performance processing, exceptional power efficiency, hardware accelerators abstracted by standard APIs like DPDK, standard software eco-systems and cost effective and scalable white box hardware eco-systems, offer highly optimized uCPE processing solutions.”

With the uCPE in place, service providers gain the ability to spin up a number of virtualized network appliances on demand for specific virtual network functions (VNF) and VNF vendors. Aside from added flexibility, individual VNFs for individual enterprise subscribers use a consistent management interface. So, regardless of service-function-chaining or network functions selected, the management experience remains user friendly, so enterprise users can worry about business at hand.

“Enea NFV Access offers out-of-the-box VNF management and service function chaining for orchestrating on-demand agile VNF deployment - without the overhead that solutions originally developed for data centers carry with them,” said Karl Mörner, SVP Product Management, Enea. “Enea NFV Access is a versatile virtualization software platform streamlined for high networking performance and minimal footprint, and contributes to uCPE agility and innovation, reducing cost and complexity for computing at the network edge.”

The data center is abounding with complexity, fortunately the next generation of networking solutions are not only driving functionality, integration and performance, but also simplicity. Agile and flexible don’t mean difficult, at least not anymore – thanks to digital transformation. So remember, we live in a real time world, which require on-demand access to resources and the like. Don’t get stuck two steps behind. 

Edited by Mandi Nowitz

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