Cloud-based telecom services are creating new opportunities for service providers to manage costs and deliver enhanced services. Off-the-shelf, carrier grade servers, supporting virtualization and high speed network interfaces offer a cost-effective alternative to conventional telecom systems. Cloud-based services can be rapidly deployed to meet customer demands and software defined networking (SDN) will add further flexibility and extend the value of this approach.


In this blog I am going to explore the benefits of using servers based on Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2600 Series for cloud-based telecom services. For this blog I am using implementation examples from Dell, an Associate member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance. The 250-plus members of the Alliance collaborate closely with Intel® to create hardware, software, tools, and services to help speed Intelligent systems  to market.


Telecom Cloud

The telecommunications infrastructure is developing quickly to meet the demands of business and personal customers. Video-on-demand, social networking and cloud storage are key applications driving demand for enhanced services and high speed connectivity. The combination of server virtualization and cloud architectures has revolutionized the provision of these applications to businesses and consumers.  By using virtual servers and cloud technologies in the telecom infrastructure carriers can quickly build flexible and scalable networks.


Carrier grade servers are already used in some elements of the network infrastructure used to deploy 4G, LTE wireless networking and high speed broadband. The latest Intel processors deliver significantly enhanced packet processing performance dramatically increasing the number of network elements that can be implemented using standard server systems. SDN has been developed to enhance cloud architectures. SDN uses real-time Intelligence, application information and virtualization to optimize server and networking resources to meet user demand. Carriers now have the opportunity to significantly increase return on investment (ROI) by shifting to cloud architectures and standard server systems to deliver telecom services.


Key Technologies
The Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2600 Series support several technologies that are critical for high performance cloud based telecom services. The Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2600 Series integrate up to 16 cores in a dual-socket configuration with large Layer 2 and Layer 3 caches and high-performance DDR3 memory controllers delivering fast memory access. The processors provide up to 40 PCI Express® Gen 3 interfaces supporting a total I/O bandwidth significantly in excess of 100Gbit/s.

The Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2600 Series support Intel® Virtualization Technology that boosts virtualization performance by allowing the operating system more direct access to the processor hardware. The Intel® Xeon® Processors E5-2600 Series deliver a significant step forward over previous generations in terms of performance, reduced power consumption and support for packet processing functions.

Carrier Grade Servers

Carrier grade servers provide NEBS and ETSI certified platforms for telecom systems that use standard components and benefit from the high volume data center market. Dell is shipping both rack mount and blade server solutions for telecom applications. The systems are scalable from a single rack mount server with 8 cores up to a 42u rack with over 1,000 cores in four blade server enclosures. 


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Figure 1. Dell™ PowerEdge™ R720 t.


Figure 1 shows the Dell™ PowerEdge™ R720 t NEBS Level 3 and ETSI certified 2u rack mount server. The system integrates dual 4, 6 or 8 core Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors and Intel® C600 Series Chipset. The system is available with up to 384GB memory and 1/10 Gigabit Ethernet (GE) or 4/8 Gigabit Fibre Channel (GFC) interfaces. The PowerEdge™ R720 t has 16 2.5“ drive bays and will support up to 14.4TB of storage.

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Figure 2. Dell™ PowerEdge™ M620 t & M1000e t.


Figure 2 shows the Dell PowerEdge™ M620 t half height blade. The blade integrates dual 2, 4, 6 or 8 core Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 series processors and Intel® C600 Series Chipset. The Dell PowerEdge™ M620 t supports two 2.5” SAS HDD or SAS/SATA SSD drives. The Dell™ PowerEdge™ M1000e t enclosure has sixteen half height slots and shared power supplies and cooling fans. The solution supports 10 GE or 8 GFC network interfaces.


The Dell PowerEdge™ M620 t supports Microsoft Windows Server® and SUSE® or Rad Hat® Linux server operating systems. Virtualization options include Citrix® XenServer™ and VMware® vSphere™. Two internal SD cards are dedicated for embedded hypervisor support.


Delivering Cloud Based Telecom Services
The combination of standard components and carrier grade systems provides a cost-effective solution for cloud-based telecom services. The systems covered in this blog scale from a few cores to over 1000 cores using the same building blocks. Virtual servers and cloud architectures are set to provide a key parts of the telecom infrastructure, reducing carrier cost of ownership and the accelerating time to market.




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Dell is an Associate member of the Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance.


Simon Stanley

Roving Reporter (Intel® Contractor), Intel® Intelligent Systems Alliance

Principal Consultant, Earlswood Marketing

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