A look at how the telecom cloud can leverage Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technologies to realize the same success as the data center.
The AdvancedTCA (ATCA) Base Extensions (PICMG 3.7) specification supports larger systems with the horsepower to handle deployment in cloud and datacenter applications, while also emphasizing compatibility with original AdvancedTCA (PICMG 3.0) platforms and boards. In addition to extended blade and shelf area, PICMG 3.7 includes enhanced Hardware Platform Management (HPM) capabilities, such as a complete description of the system power geography, much of which can be integrated into existing ATCA systems.
Next-generation networks are evolving rapidly, with a number of emerging technological trends creating new challenges for operators, service providers, and in particular, network equipment manufacturers. The move towards more software-driven networks using Network Intelligence (NI) technologies running on inexpensive commodity computer platforms promises to create a more flexible, efficient network infrastructure to deliver new services, greater security, and reduced costs. At the same time, workload consolidation strategies and technologies such as Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), and Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) are all changing the shape of the next generation of network system architectures. The goal of generating deeper levels of intelligence across all types of network infrastructure is aimed at helping service providers improve traffic management and optimization, policy enforcement, billing, Quality of Service (QoS), and security; it is almost a foregone conclusion that this newfound visibility into data will create further opportunity for new and powerful revenue-generating applications.
Analysts from IHS Global Research and VDC Research weigh in on the effect that technologies like Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will have on the market position of AdvancedTCA (ATCA).
When the first steam engine rolled along the tracks, people marveled at the innovation of the machine, the technology, the possibilities. As traffic on the rails grew, it became necessary for a more intricate communication system to be in place to avoid collisions, ensure travelers arrived on time, and manage the loads of freight increasingly seen on the railways. Enter embedded computing subsystems, with the ability to manage the vast amounts of data being generated to ensure proper, safe functioning of the railways. These systems not only manage the functions of each train car in modern railway operations, but also help control communications to ensure a safe means of transportation for both those working for the railway as well as those using it for travel. And with the growth of mobile networks, today's computing systems for railways also need to provide data access down to the individual passenger.
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