Thanks to all who joined us and submitted questions to the Brocade Mega NFV Report Pt 2: NFV Webinar. During the webinar, we learned all a innovative Brocade vEPC solutions and how they can benefit organizations by lowering total cost of ownership, greater business agility, and the ability to grow the business, not the network. After the presentation, there was a thoroughly engaging Q&A session. Unfortunately, SDxCentral ran out of time to be able to ask all the questions the audience asked. Read the full Q&A below:
If Brocade VCM is a full EPC, would operators be restricted to using Brocade VCM only as an EPC? Would this not limit the applicability of Brocade VCM?
Brocade: Brocade VCM architecture is modular and provides separate interface, control, data, and database modules. Each module has all the functionality needed by the entire EPC, yet it does not have to act only as a full EPC. Brocade VCM is a single software package, but it provides multiple gateway personalities through configuration, including Brocade vEPC, Brocade vPGW, and Brocade vSAE-GW.
How can you achieve line-rate data plane performance on Virtual Machines (VMs)?
Brocade: Brocade VCM provides line-rate data plane performance on VMs thanks to a close collaboration with Intel. As a result, the Brocade VCM data plane stack is optimized to work with Intel DPDK and provides line-rate performance with small packets. It also supports linear scalability so that operators can only add more data plane VMs to meet higher throughput requirements.
Has Brocade VCM been deployed in any customer networks?
Brocade: Brocade VCM has gone through multiple rigorous field and live network trials with many Tier-1 operators. It has won a commercial deal in North America for air-to-ground data services and will be deployed in 2016. More commercial discussions are currently taking place across the globe.
What is the server specification?
Brocade: Brocade VCM is a pure software-based portable solution that can run on any Intel x86-based platform. It has run on IBM, HP, Dell, and Intel platforms in many customers’ field and live network environments. Furthermore, Brocade VCM can run on both the VMware ESXi and KVM hypervisors. With its independent and modular scaling, Brocade VCM is composed of Virtual Network Function Components (VNFCs) designed to meet operators’ requirements.
What is the relationship of Brocade VCM with the orchestrator?
Brocade: Brocade VCM supports the ETSI NFV architecture and interworks with the MANO layer through open APIs. In addition, Brocade VCM has interworked with multiple orchestrators in customers’ field and live network environments, and it supports OpenStack.