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ユニバーサルCPE(顧客構内設備):究極のCPEソリューションか?

Universal CPE: The Ultimate CPE Solution?

 

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Heavy Reading
ヘビーリーディング社
2018年5月US$2,495
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ユニバーサルCPE(顧客構内設備)システムは、ソフトウェア定義のネットワーク(SDN)とクラウドサービスの発展によってもたらされた大きなビジネスチャンスである。米国調査会社ヘビーリーディング社(Heavy Reading)の調査レポート「ユニバーサルCPE(顧客構内設備):究極のCPEソリューションか?」は、uCPEハードウェアプラットフォームやソフトウェアプラットフォームを開発したり、特殊なuCPE統合サービスを提供したりしている18社のベンダについて論じている。uCPEプラットフォームの主要なプロセッサに関する情報、サービスプロバイダのuCPEシステムへのアプローチ、AT&TのuCPEプラットフォームに関する情報も記載している。幅広い性能や柔軟性要求のuCPEソリューションについて調査し、新しいプロセッサやより良いシステム統合、より効率的な仮想化ソリューションへと発展し続けるuCPEソリューションについて記載している。

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY(PDF)

Universal customer premises equipment (uCPE) systems are generic network appliances that can be provisioned with virtual network functions (VNFs) to support all the networking functions required in a typical enterprise office. uCPE systems are often provided as part of a communications and cloud services solution that can include virtual applications and functions running on servers in central data centers, edge locations and customer premises. The uCPE solution is usually managed by the service provider to deliver the agreed services, although some large enterprise customers continue to manage their own network services, including uCPE systems. uCPE systems consist of a uCPE hardware platform and uCPE software, which includes operating system (OS) and a complete network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) for provisioning and managing the VNFs. The uCPE hardware platform is based on a server processor with memory and network interfaces matched to the performance and functionality required from the uCPE system.

uCPE systems support WAN connectivity, routing and firewall functionality. Many suppliers offer third-party VNFs for this core functionality, giving customers peace of mind as they move from separate boxes to integrated uCPE solutions. For small and branch offices the uCPE system may implement this core functionality as part of the uCPE software platform, leaving processing and memory resources for additional VNFs. Once the core WAN, routing and firewall functionality is provisioned, the value of a uCPE solution can be enhanced by adding hardware and software options for switching and IT services, including storage and print server. The use of open interfaces and support for third-party VNFs has enabled a vibrant ecosystem that gives service providers a wide range of options for hardware, software and integration services.

The uCPE market has continued to develop with further optimization of hardware and software implementations. There is significant opportunity for new processor solutions and advanced virtualization software approaches, including containerization. The target for all the suppliers in this market is delivering flexible uCPE solutions that support remote deployment and provisioning of virtual functions that enable cloud and communications services at costs that are attractive to service providers and their customers and will deliver significant return on investment.

uCPE systems are a key market opportunity that was created by the development of software-defined networks (SDNs) and cloud services. Universal CPE: The Ultimate CPE Solution? discuses 18 vendors that have developed uCPE hardware platforms, uCPE software platforms or are providing specific uCPE integration services. The report also includes information on the leading processors for uCPE platforms and service provider approaches to uCPE systems, with specific information on AT&T uCPE platforms. The uCPE solutions discussed in this report cover a wide range of performance and flexibility requirements and show that uCPE solutions are continuing to develop with new processors, better system integration and more efficient virtualization solutions.

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Service providers and enterprises can manage vCPE platforms as part of their public, private or hybrid cloud infrastructure. VNFs – including firewall, IPS, router, VPN/NAT and SD-WAN controller – can be can be provisioned in the data center or on the vCPE platform (see the excerpt below). A thin vCPE platform will have limited processing capability and will support the SD-WAN and L2 switching. A thick vCPE platform will have significant processing capability and can be provisioned with all the relevant VNFs.

Universal CPE: The Ultimate CPE Solution? is published in PDF format.



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Virtualizing the Customer Premises

Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Simon Stanley
5/4/2018
 
 

Universal CPE (uCPE) solutions enable a new approach in which remotely provisioned virtual functions provide key network functionality and bring the benefits of virtualization to enterprise networks. A growing number of service providers are deploying uCPE platforms that support one or more virtual network functions (VNFs) for WAN connectivity (including SD-WAN), security, routing, switching and other functions. This approach supports WAN traffic optimisation and access to mission-critical cloud applications directly from branch and remote sites and delivers significant benefits to enterprises, including flexibility and control.

uCPE platforms are based on integrated multicore processors and have multiple Ethernet ports for LAN and WAN connections. VNFs are on-boarded and managed by uCPE platform software that provides a complete network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi). The platform software may be built entirely from open solutions, including OpenStack, for orchestration or it may be a proprietary implementation that supports standard KVM-based or container-based VNFs. For smaller uCPE platforms, several companies provide integrated software platforms with WAN optimization, security and routing built in. The performance of uCPE platforms vary significantly from a single VNF and up to four Gigabit Ethernet interfaces to eight VNFs and up to 10 10GE interfaces.

Heavy Reading's new report, Universal CPE: The Ultimate CPE Solution?, identifies and analyzes the full spectrum of vendors delivering uCPE solutions, including hardware platforms, virtualization software and integration services. The report covers 18 vendors, identifying their key products and highlighting the advantages they hold for service providers and enterprise network operators. The report includes not only information on uCPE platforms, the multicore processors they are based on and uCPE platform software, but also offers insights into how the overall market and ecosystem is developing.

AT&T and Verizon are two of the leading operators that have been promoting the benefits of uCPE solutions. AT&T has developed its own uCPE platforms and the AT&T Open CPE Network Compute Platform Specification (Open uCPE) has been approved by the OCP Telco Project. Open CPE defines five models that roughly reflect the system sizes of the leading uCPE hardware platforms. There is significant variety in the detailed design of uCPE platforms and few directly match the Open uCPE specifications. uCPE hardware platforms are manufactured by many companies, including ADVA, Advantech, Ciena, Cisco, Dell, Edgecore Networks, Juniper, Lanner and Silicom. System integration services that can also include supplying and provisioning uCPE platform hardware are available from multiple companies, including ECI Telecom, Kapsch, RAD and Versa Networks.

Most uCPE platforms are currently based on Intel processors. The smallest systems initially used Intel Rangeley processors, but many are now moving on to the Intel Denverton processors. The larger systems have mostly been designed with Intel Xeon D-1500 processors; however, several are also supporting the latest Intel Xeon D-2100 Skylake processors. ARM is being chosen by some using processors from Marvell and NXP. We can expect more use of ARM-based processors in uCPE platforms going forward.

uCPE platform software includes operating system, virtualization, network stack and controller management. The virtualization solution is usually based on KVM, but some also support containers using Docker. uCPE software solutions are available from software specialists 6Wind, Enea and Wind River and from many other uCPE solution providers, including ADVA, Ciena, Cisco, ECI Telcom, Juniper, RAD, Telco Systems and Versa Networks. Many of the platform software solutions also support basic WAN optimization, security and routing functions for small uCPE systems. VNFs for SD-WAN, security and many other functions are available from a wide range of companies. This is a complex ecosystem with many vendors working with partners and directly with service providers and their enterprise customers.

uCPE presents a significant opportunity for system manufacturers, processor vendors, NFVi and VNF suppliers, system integrators and service providers. uCPE solutions cover a wide range of performance requirements. At the bottom end, the focus is on cost with some service providers pushing for costs as low as $200 for a basic hardware platform. The more capable small, medium and large uCPE platforms can provide huge flexibility allowing for future upgrades and enabling service providers to deliver new services very quickly. The uCPE market is expanding rapidly and service providers and their enterprise customers already have many options to choose from, including hardware platform, software and integration and deployment services.

— Simon Stanley, Analyst at Large, Heavy Reading

 

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