eBook: A Guide to OCP for Clever Carrriers
The Communications Service Providers’ Guide to Open Compute Solutions for Network Equipment
The extensive use of virtualized environments by data centers and cloud providers has communications service providers (CSPs) looking into ways to use virtualization and cloud technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiency, and improve service agility. For CSPs, such a shift requires a carefully orchestrated transition from the dedicated network appliances they use today to open systems based on more economical commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers and open software solutions.
Having different requirements than large-scale cloud providers and data centers complicates this transition. To implement new networking solutions such as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN), CSPs must ensure that the core hardware platforms they deploy deliver the performance, reliability, serviceability, and regulatory and safety compliance their industry requires.
Artesyn is a long-time global leader in providing open platforms for networking equipment. More than 25,000 Artesyn systems and a quarter million Artesyn blades are deployed in mobile and fixed networks globally. To help meet CSP needs for open solutions, Artesyn is taking a leadership position within the Open Compute Project (OCP) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) on developing standardized architectures for network equipment.
Artesyn has always embraced open ecosystems and over the last 15 years has been instrumental in promoting a variety of open standards including VME, cPCI, ATCA, and others. In this paper, we explore how Open Compute technologies and open “white box” hardware offer great promise for CSPs. We also consider the challenges the industry faces in making these technologies viable for the communications services industry.
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