ALTEN Calsoft Labs and Intel: Improving Network Agility with Virtual CPE
Over the past decade, technology innovations have provided end users with unparalleled access to instant information, goods, and services. This has led to customers expecting on-demand customization in practically every aspect of their lives. This is increasingly true of network services. Businesses and consumers alike want the control and freedom to choose the services they want and when, through the convenience of an online portal or even an app. For communications service providers (CSPs) the mandate is clear: deliver more services, faster. Network functions virtualization (NFV) has seen steady gains in helping CSPs transform their networks to speed service creation and delivery by improving agility, reducing costs, and minimizing risk. One NFV use case that has already shown strong results is virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). As an Intel® Network Builders Program ecosystem member,
ALTEN Calsoft Labs* is helping network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) to build high performance and scalable virtual CPE solutions that enable CSPs to better meet the demand for instant services and generate new revenue streams.
Information technology has always played a significant role in supporting business functions. But today, IT has moved from the back office to the board room, and it is now at the forefront of unleashing transformative change, driving new business models and new services enabled by cloud infrastructure. Intel calls this the Digital Services Economy.
To fully realize the business opportunity of the Digital Services Economy, CSPs must transform their networks to meet customer demand. This requires a shift from purpose built, fixed-function equipment in the core network and on the customer premises to a standards-based commercialgrade solution able to deliver a responsive network that can cost-effectively adapt to evolving market demands. Until recently, to turn on services for customers, CSPs have had to use physical customer premises equipment (CPE) to manage a variety of functions, such as DHCP, NAT, firewall, VPN access, IP routing, multimedia sharing, multi-service QoS, and bandwidth management services. But by hosting many of these functions at the provider edge using NFV, the CSP can deliver services using virtual CPE (vCPE), via a less expensive, general-purpose layer 2 network device that can execute actions or pass data to the core network for services.
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