Telco Systems Provides Open NFV Platform with x86 and ARM Support

Telco Systems built its business providing carrier Ethernet equipment and software for service providers. Now it has created a network functions virtualization (NFV) platform for its service provider customers. And its platform can run on open universal CPE (uCPE) hardware that supports both Intel x86 and ARM architectures.

Telco Systems has been around since 1972. It owns bragging rights for its url — telco.com. But about five years ago, the company started working on a platform to deliver services via software. That has since morphed into its NFVTime product, which is generally available. NFVTime includes an operating system and a marketplace of virtual network functions (VNFs) from third-party vendors. The portfolio of certified VNFs in its marketplace includes software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN), vFirewall, vProbe, and vSecurity.

Today, Telco Systems announced that it added 6WIND’s vRouter software to the VNF marketplace. Telco Systems says it will be the first vRouter on an open uCPE with support for both Intel x86 and ARM architectures.

Ariel Efrati, Telco Systems’ CEO, said it’s significant that the vRouter can run on both hardwares. “If you think about it, most edge connections use ARM,” he said. “ARM exists in all our cellphones for example. We came up with a technology that can run on whatever architecture that exists.”

The 6WIND vRouter — named Turbo Router — is a software network appliance deployed in bare metal environments or as a virtual machine (VM). It’s filling the gap left when AT&T bought Brocade’s vRouter and discontinued support of the product for other customers. The company stepped in with its Turbo Router technology to grab this market share.

Telco Systems is based in Massachusetts, but has customers on five continents. Its largest market is the U.S.

“The fact that we have background in networking is key here to build an operating system for operators,” said Efrati.