RAD has announced the addition of a new option to its flexible ETX-2i vCPE product line, a server-based whitebox vCPE that is license-upgradable for PNFs such as routing, service demarcation and performance monitoring – a solution aptly branded, Whitebox+.
“This scalable solution allows operators to spin-up a myriad of virtual managed services, from security to routing, SD-WAN to IT services, and much more,” states Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. “Better still, using the same installation and management system, as needed, the operator can opt to introduce PNFs such as IP VPN, traffic classification and policing, SLA-based business services, and performance monitoring.”
The built-in capabilities of the Whitebox+ not only provide wire-speed networking performance, but also preserve CPU resources for instantiation of additional VNFs.
“Our research shows that 85 percent of operators are now planning to deploy virtualized network functions (VNFs) on a universal CPE or uCPE hardware product, which has a pico-cloud server/storage/switch inside (IHS Markit 2016 Fourth Annual NFV Strategies, global service provider survey; respondents control 53 percent of world telecom CapEx). Operators want options in the way they pursue that model,” stated Michael Howard, Senior Research Director and Advisor, Carrier Networks, IHS Markit Technology.
“The RAD approach is innovative in that it offers the options to start with a whitebox uCPE and add modular NID, or start with a whitebox NID, then add modular pico-cloud uCPE function.”
“As the innovator of Distributed NFV, RAD has been the first in the market to demonstrate a commercial edge virtualization solution,” Broida concludes. “Over the last several years RAD’s intimate relationship with Tier 1 operators has helped us enhance and fine-tune our vCPE offering, and to integrate it with our industry-leading demarcation solutions. RAD’s Whitebox+, with its combination of performance, flexibility, and economics, is a culmination and maturation of that process.”