A few months ago, Brocade announced its intent to deliver technology to help transform the mobile network edge. The announcement was in clear recognition of how the Internet has grown, and content and applications have migrated to the network edge. With the increasing need for applications to be delivered with reduced latency, improved subscriber experience, and in closer proximity to end users, Brocade’s stated strategy was to deliver a mobile edge virtual infrastructure solution that would allow Mobile Network Operators (MNOS) to deliver localized instances of their own VNFs and a platform for 3rd party applications requiring geographic proximity. The Internet of Things (IoT), and Machine to Machine (M2M) services, will be one of the prime beneficiaries of this work. As such, Brocade’s mobile edge platform would deliver both Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) capabilities at the edge of the mobile network. In short, Brocade is bringing cloud computing to the mobile network edge.
Brocade continues to make progress in the delivery of its mobile edge virtual infrastructure solution, and is working closely with partners (announced here), customers, and standards organizations, such as the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN), to define and deliver on this new mobile edge.
A Quick Reminder - Brocade’s Role In The New Mobile Edge
While ETSI and NGMN were previously mentioned, multiple standards organizations are now active in defining what the new mobile edge will look like. These include the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Mobile Edge Cloud, ON.Lab Mobile Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (M-CORD), and various Fog Computing initiatives.
Regardless of the standards organization, Brocade recognizes the common story spanning these working groups – the future edge should support
Storage and computational offload for virtual network functions
Real-time applications and services
Analytics in closer proximity to devices
Independent control/management decision structure than the existing network policy layer
Multi-access, including support for cellular, Wi-Fi, and fixed access networks
To that end, Brocade continues to focus on the delivery of an access-agnostic IaaS/PaaS solution for edge computing, encompassing:
The mobile edge virtual infrastructure, powered by Brocade Vyatta Network Operating System based on the industry-leading Brocade vRouter
Brocade’s Software Defined Network (SDN) capabilities, such as the Brocade SDN Controller, for management and provisioning of the virtual infrastructure
Brocade’s capabilities to deploy and operate VNFs on an NFV platform, such as Brocade VNF Manager
Brocade Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solutions, including a fully functional Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC), providing a mechanism to localize Access Point Names (APNs) onto the mobile edge virtual infrastructure.
The Brocade virtual Packet Broker (vPB), delivering real-time, programmable network visibility into the traffic traversing the mobile edge virtual infrastructure.
The Industry Honors Brocade’s Innovation At the Mobile Edge
While the clearest recognition of our work continues to come from our customers and partners, Brocade was recently recognized for the innovation we are driving at the mobile edge. The INTERNET TELEPHONY NFV Pioneer Awards, presented by INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, honors products that have demonstrated innovation, unique features, and noteworthy developments toward improving network function virtualization. Brocade was selected not just for our leadership at the mobile edge, but also for our Virtual Packet Broker – the only 2-time winner by the publication. This recognition confirms that Brocade’s technical compass with regard to the mobile edge is pointed in the right direction