Advantech, Brocade, Gigaspaces, Saguna and Vasona Networks to Demonstrate Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Advanced Service Delivery Proof of Concept at MEC Congress

Sep 12, 2016, 08:00 ET from Saguna

MUNICH, September 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ --

Advantech, Brocade, GigaSpaces, Saguna and Vasona Networks announced today they will showcase a joint advanced service delivery proof of concept (PoC) in the first ETSI MEC PoC ZONE at the MEC Congress in Munich Sept. 20-22. The proposal was previously accepted by ETSI's Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC).

The joint MEC PoC, "Multi-Service MEC Platform for Advanced Service Delivery," showcases a single unified infrastructure, NFV-O and cloud orchestration systems. It demonstrates the ability to support multiple MEC platforms and applications residing on shared and common computing infrastructure, each providing a unique value-add on traffic traversing the platform.

Traffic is dynamically routed to select MEC platforms and then MEC applications provide data analytics, traffic optimization and network functions. The system leverages flexible service function chaining to enhance subscriber experience and operator visibility into network characteristics.

"As MEC gets standardized, it is important to demonstrate a viable MEC platform architecture, including how applications and services can utilize the platform," said Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade.  "This PoC demonstrates the viability and capabilities of MEC while creating a feedback loop into the standardization process that is based on real-world MEC deployments."

Brocade's multi-vendor, multi-application MEC platform allows both VNFs and cloud services to be instantiated and delivered.  The platform includes MEC User Plane functionality as defined in the 3GPP documentation as well as the development of MEC APIs between platforms, orchestration software and infrastructure.

Vasona Network's edge application controller, SmartAIR®, takes a holistic approach to addressing mobile network data traffic contention that occurs in each cell, monitoring every application that demands bandwidth. A new SmartAIR Edge Services Platform is a standard-based MEC software layer that runs on NFV- infrastructure (NFVI) available from third-party partners and supports customers' network and business agility in support of radio access network (RAN) transformation initiatives.

Saguna Open-RAN is an advanced MEC platform that creates an open ecosystem for running MEC applications inside the Radio Access Network (RAN), in close proximity to mobile users. The ETSI MEC standard-based solution enables mobile operators to quickly and effectively deploy new revenue generating services for the Internet-of-things (IoT), tactile Internet, virtual probes, content delivery and enterprise applications.

Cloudify, delivered by GigaSpaces, is a global orchestrator that onboards the many components that comprise an MEC architecture to any VIM, including configuration of the different parts, using multiple protocols including Netconf and REST.  Based on TOSCA, Cloudify is the only open-source orchestrator with multi-VIM support, serving as the NFV-O and VNFM in the ETSI architecture, for MEC service onboarding, deployment, and ongoing monitoring and maintenance all through a single pane of glass.  There is a growing trend of distributed local edge MEC-based applications that will require management and orchestration, and Cloudify was built to power this revolution.

Advantech's PAC-6009 is a versatile and scalable NFV platform, which makes it easier to deploy the same Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) that are used in the data center or core, at the radio edge of the mobile network. The PAC-6009 Packetarium XLc Carrier Grade Blade Server brings together the IT and networking features of both the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 and Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product families with its high availability and NEBS-compliant design principles. The combination of a scale out NFV platform with carrier grade features not only helps to implement service elasticity, it also helps to speed up NFV roll outs by addressing locations where commodity data center gear cannot be installed and operated.

Please visit our joint 'Multi-Service MEC Platform for Advanced Service Delivery' system in the ETSI PoC zone during the MEC Congress, 21-22 September in Munich. To find out more about this PoC, please visit the ETSI MEC Wiki.

About Advantech 

Founded in 1983, Advantech is a leader in providing trusted, innovative products, services, and solutions. Advantech offers comprehensive system integration, hardware, software, customer-centric design services, and global logistics support. Our mission is to enable an intelligent planet with embedded computing products and solutions that empower the development of smarter working and living. With Advantech, there's no limit to the applications and innovations our products make possible. For Telecom and Networking markets, Advantech provides business and mission-critical hardware to the leading telecom operators and networking equipment manufacturers. Advantech's standard and customized products are embedded in equipment that the world's network infrastructure depends upon.  (http://www.advantech.com/nc)

About Brocade 

Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) networking solutions help the world's leading organizations turn their networks into platforms for business innovation.  With solutions spanning public and private data centers to the network edge, Brocade is leading the industry in its transition to the New IP network infrastructures required for today's era of digital business. (http://www.brocade.com)

About GigaSpaces 

GigaSpaces is a pioneer with more than a decade of experience in developing software middleware for large-scale, real time applications. GigaSpaces is now uniquely positioned to bring the best practices of web scale architecture to enterprises and telcos through its two lines of products.  Cloudify, an open source TOSCA-based cloud orchestration framework, brings the web scale best practices of orchestration and automation into the world of hybrid cloud and NFV.  Together, InsightEdge and XAP bring web-scale best-practices into the world of real time data processing and analytics. The combination of the two products is positioned to meet the demand of next generation application in areas such as IoT and NFV, in which insights from real time data feeds and sensors turn into actions through orchestration. For more information, visit http://www.gigaspaces.com .

About Saguna 

Saguna Networks, a pioneer of Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), makes mobile broadband faster, simpler and more economical with smart NFV software solutions. Based on the ETSI MEC standard, the Saguna Open-RAN platform enables mobile operators to quickly and effectively deploy new revenue generating services. The Mobile Edge Computing platform has fully virtualized software architecture providing cost effective scalability and flexibility. For more information, please contact us at info@saguna.net, follow us @sagunanet or visit our website http://www.saguna.net.

About Vasona Networks 

Founded in 2010, Vasona Networks, Inc. collaborates with mobile network operators globally to overcome network challenges and deliver a better subscriber experience.  The company's standards-based software platforms at the mobile edge deliver intelligent solutions that meet evolving end-user and network-capacity demands and enable decision making closer to the customer to create a flexible, intelligent and responsive mobile network. Mobile operators work with Vasona Networks to improve user experiences and better leverage network investments today and tomorrow. Vasona Networks is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. with offices worldwide. For more information, visithttp://www.vasonanetworks.com.

Contacts:

Tally Netzer Saguna +972-4-6753700 tally@saguna.net Brian Baumley BLB Communications for Vasona Networks +1-609-759-0252 Brianb@blbcomm.com

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