uCPE-Whitebox - The Ideal Technology for Simplifying Managed SD-WAN Service Provider Delivery Engines, Meeting Broader Market Requirements, and Containing Operations Creep
Managed SD-WAN service providers face a conundrum: offer a wide choice of vendor-supported solutions (Viptela, Fortinet, VeloCloud, Silver Peak, Versa Networks, Juniper, Nuage, etc.) to help cover all the bases that a diverse target market might need to win business, but then deal with major operations sprawl, and an unwieldy hardware inventory. Automation, SDN-NFV, and MANO each help reduce complexity. Another key arrow in the quiver to manage complexity and the topic in focus here is the evolution of uCPE/ Whitebox.
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Vodafone is bringing cost-effective and compelling virtualization SD-WAN uCPE to help its smaller clients become agile digital businesses.
Vodafone completed a Proof of Concept (POC) uCPE trial lead by Telco Systems and supported by partners Arm and NXP Semiconductor. The new uCPE tested supports multiple enterprise services such as SD-WAN, routing and firewall, combining reliable standard CPE functions with the ability to add or remove services using the Telco Systems NFVTime hybrid virtualization and container uCPE platform. The solutions were tested on multiple Arm Neoverse-based processors, designed by NXP Semiconductor.
The uCPE was tested by Vodafone Group labs in the UK for both small/medium business and enterprise use-cases and ever-changing demand scenarios. The POC achieved an industry-first fully orchestrated mix of container and virtual machine-based network functions running on the same low-carbon footprint Arm/NXP Semiconductor processors in different form factors (4- and 8-core).
Telco Systems is challenging the dynamics of SD-WAN uCPE with the abstraction of any hardware from software and containerized services running on top. Services can be dynamically modified leveraging the Telco Systems NFVTime operating and management system.
In the trial, Vodafone deployed and managed Cloud-native Network Functions (CNFs) and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) application deployments on a 35 Watt system based on a 4-core Arm Cortex-A72 processor and an 8-core Arm processor. 15 Gbps throughput of typical Internet-mix (IMIX) traffic was achieved via NFVTime offloading Open vSwitch traffic to hardware acceleration blocks.
NXP Layerscape processors include hardware acceleration blocks with the right balance of Arm core counts for the lower-end SME segment, creating a substantial reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions.
Strong market traction worldwide for SD-WAN is driving evolution and change in the requirements and characteristics of Universal CPE (uCPE) technologies. Several very large vendors dominate the enterprise CPE segment, including for example Cisco, Juniper, and Nokia-Nuage Networks, and other SD-WAN solution vendors such as Versa Networks, Silver Peak, and Fortinet offer proprietary CPE.
Vendor lock-in for black box products placed at the customer premise is counter-intuitive to the software-defined, open-standard-based, and agile principles that SD-WAN promises to deliver. Vendor black box products add overhead and cost, restrict flexibility of services, and add other operational burdens for both service providers and their enterprise clients. On the other side of the coin, propriety devices can offer considerable device intelligence and embedded security features, therefore specific uCPE application, use-cases, and market segments, all come into play before IT managers and managed service providers choose from the available white/black-box options.
The Arm-based uCPE devices in the Vodafone POC demonstrated relatively low power consumption compared with the traditional x86 processor-based uCPE. Arm processors also offer an attractive price vs. performance ratio, and allow the inclusion of various chipset vendors to take advantage of their specific differentiators such as NXP Semiconductor’s OVS offload feature. Adjusting these factors and mixing such features results in good performance on a lower overall hardware footprint, cost-base and power consumption. The trial pushes new possibilities for mass market implementations, and healthy technology competition compared with the market scenario of a small selection of elite hardware vendors.
The successful Vodafone POC with Arm, NXP, and Telco Systems, pushes the boundaries of uCPE device suitability to a small-to-medium sized market segment with a number of unique and compelling factors that the enterprise should be eager to embrace:
Orange Business Services (Orange) Industry Analyst Event Introduces the ‘Digital Dexterity’ Theme; Main Priorities Include Digital & Data, Smart Mobility, Cloud & Cyber-security
Orange Business Services organized its first fully virtual industry analyst event ‘Analyst Day 2020 – Digital dexterity for new value creation’ during July 8 and 9, 2020. The company leveraged an online Webinar platform to brief the analyst community on its performance during 2019 and strategy and road-map looking forward within the context of the Orange Group Engage 2025 program.
In terms of a first effort for a virtual event Orange organized and ran the series of plenary presentations and breakouts very effectively. There was good access to the executive team for Q&A, the sessions ran to schedule, and there were no technical glitches experienced (at least not by this analyst!).
2019 - a Year in Review
Orange Business Services grew its overall revenue during 2019 by +1% to achieve €7.8 billion compared with the previous year 2018. During the course of 2019, Orange focused on its core network assets business, as well as four specific growth domains, namely:
Orange Group Engage 2025 Program
The ‘Engage 2025’ model is about reinventing the operator model. Engage 2025 is also about co-creation for a future proof company and delivering global digital equality. Orange Business Services is shaping its strategy in accordance with the Group level objective of concentrating on AI and data as focal points for innovation.
The Orange Group sees the B2B opportunity as strategically important with good potential, and aims to back the Orange Business Services business unit to accelerate growth. Additional areas that the Orange Group aims to support and achieve accelerated growth include the Africa/Mid-East region; and mobile financial services.
Sustainable growth for the Orange Business Services B2B activity will see priority development in the following product and service areas:
Future Roadmap & Strategic Directions
Integration and Services
Orange’s Multisourcing Integration (MSI) program has made strong progress in the market, and the company intends to grow its pipeline and capabilities. Consulting is also an area where the service provider expects growth, and it has strong credentials in terms of qualified and experience professionals to help deliver.
Operational Technology (OT) is an area that Orange believes it can capitalize upon, especially as manufacturers migrate towards Industry 4.0, as well as other opportunities in Smart Mobility (connected car, smart city, etc.). Orange is in a strong existing position to bolster its OT position, leveraging existing market entrenchment in IIoT and cellular connectivity solutions, and proven skill-sets and consulting expertise.
Orange Business Services has grown its MSI business very successfully and Clavem Research believes the ambition to further grow the MSI pipeline is highly feasible. However Orange will face increasing competition from large SIs, as well as other telcos and market disruptors.
HPE for example now has a strong SD-WAN capability through its acquisition of Silver Peak, which will increase the competitive pressure on Orange in the network integration segment. The combination of Aruba and Silver Peak within HPE gives the MNC segment attractive integrated network and cloud transformation options including edge-to-cloud networking for wired, wireless LAN and WAN connectivity.
Orange can highlight its network assets as a differentiator.
Meanwhile other providers such as Cato Networks are making aggressive plays on SASE. Aryaka is flexing its muscles with partnerships: including cooperation with 8x8 to offer UC, a new agreement with Check Point for integrated security with SD-WAN-as-a-Service, and a relationship with Alibaba Cloud giving access to new markets in China and internationally.
Orange Business Services did not pause in its activities to provide and support its customers when most of Europe and other parts of the world were in lock-down. Moreover, Orange did not furlough any staff. Ongoing business continuity was an objective from the outset, whilst Orange Healthcare and mobility solutions and AI/data skill-sets proved to be very important to help control the impact of the pandemic.
Orange Business Services took positive initiative to add capacity to its network to support the new dynamic of remote working (WFH – work from home) as well as upgrading and strengthening bot security and cloud platforms.
Looking forward, Orange thinks that the virus will change the way we do business and in response it will focus on the following areas to deliver service to clients in the post-Covid-19 world:
Juniper Virtual Summit – Juniper’s SD-Branch with Mist AI Gives Managed Service Providers New Opportunities to Extend Software-defined Management and Control Deeper into the Enterprise Branch
During the ‘Juniper Virtual Summit – Networks for the New Era’, June 10, 2020; Juniper outlined its Managed SD-Branch proposition. The service extends the features and benefits of SD-WAN more deeply into the enterprise branch locations and adds a layer of Mist AI to provide actionable insights and proactively solve any branch network problems.
AN AGE-OLD ENTERPRISE PROBLEM: LARGE QUANTITIES OF LEGACY BRANCH TELECOM EQUIPMENT
There remains a considerable amount of legacy LAN technology out there in service in the field today. Enterprises for example are still relying on old WLAN equipment and proprietary premises-based software. This is inefficient and provides managed SD-WAN providers with an opportunity to take over branch networking equipment and service management with a more technically superior and elegant SD-Branch managed offering that brings agility, cost-effectiveness, and cost-savings to the platform in a similar way that SD-WAN provides such advantages.
Assuming the enterprise client is satisfied with their SD-WAN technology, the SD-WAN can continue to handle application-aware analytics and dynamic routing, and then hand over to the SD-Branch. This gives end users new levels of agility and operational efficiencies for corporate branch office networking.
JUNIPER’S MANAGED SD-BRANCH TAKES ADVANTAGE OF MIST AI
Even though managed SD-WAN offers a one-size-fits-all technology, it offers very specific nuances for solving the pain-points of individual industry verticals. One such vertical is the Retail sector, which faces considerable challenges in migrating from a very traditional brick and mortar sector to offering a fully digital customer experience.
Adaptiv Networks recently published a forward-looking blog regarding a very true list of technology areas that retailers should be exploring and how its managed SD-WAN services can help support businesses make the transition.
Adaptiv Network blog 'The Store of the Future: Is Your Network Ready?'
What Happens when you Fuse the Technology Visions of Two Global Titans: the Cisco SD-WAN and Google Cloud Concept is Born
Cisco published a blog on its newly-expanded partnership with Google. The companies intend to integrate Cisco SD-WAN Cloud Hub and Google Cloud.
The partners have stated that the Cisco SD-WAN and Google Cloud is scheduled for launch during H1 2021.
What does Google bring to the table?
What does Cisco bring to the table?
April 15, 2020 – Nokia and Asavie entered a commercial and product partnership. Asavie’s mobile SD Edge technology will be integrated with Nokia Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0.
Managed SD-WAN providers that offer Nuage SD-WAN will be able to offer business clients connectivity to enterprise applications and cloud and SaaS services with their mobile devices with exactly the same visibility, control and security policies, as for fixed network endpoints. Asavie SD Edge can also be extended to IoT endpoints providing they are SIM-based.
Whilst bringing in remote mobile endpoints into the current SD-WAN gives benefits for a remote workforce during the Covid-19 crisis, Asavie SD Edge holds more strategic possibilities for a future way to cost effectively manage more and more workloads on mobile devices and SIM-based IoT device visibility and central orchestration and management.
Managed SD-WAN service providers that do not have a matching Asavie SD Edge capability can offer mobile VPN clients or direct mobile and IoT device-generated traffic through a URL for filtering – but both these workarounds to the problem add overhead.
Link to the press release:
Nokia’s Nuage Networks creates industry’s first SD-WAN solution for desktop, mobile and IoT devices, partnering with Asavie to meet increasing demands for remote working connectivity
Clavem Research together with Asavie published the following white paper: 'The Future is Mobile and Why SD-WAN is Flawed for Secure and Manageable Mobile and IoT Endpoints'
Comcast Business, PCCW Global, Spectrum Enterprise, and Telia Company Become the First MEF SD-WAN 3.0 Certified Managed SD-WAN Service Providers
Adopting common terminology will drive SD-WAN growth and innovation, and strengthen individual provider sales messages
by Joel Stradling
Four service providers have announced their SD-WAN products are now MEF 3.0 SD-WAN-certified:
To gain certification the providers demonstrate conformance to SD-WAN service attributes and requirements as defined in MEF 70. Certification indicates that the four companies offer SD-WAN products that have been stringently tested for service attributes and requirements defined in MEF 70 and described in detail in MEF’s draft SD-WAN Certification Test Requirements (MEF 90) standard.
Connectivity across and between multi-cloud environments is evolving with the backing of well-heeled VCs such as Orange Digital Ventures, and driven by cloud behemoths such as Amazon - what does all of this mean to the future of SD-WAN?
Managed SD-WAN service providers are eager to cite direct connectivity to cloud partners, in fact Aryaka announced just this week integration with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to give a better end-user application and authentication experience. The MyAryaka cloud portal is now part of the Azure Active Directory Application Gallery.
However, there are still challenges with managing multiple apps running across multiple cloud provider platforms even with an SD-WAN overlay service in place.
The result of such difficulties that companies continue to face when moving their mission critical apps and infrastructure resources to cloud environments is new opportunity for companies such as AWS and InterCloud.
InterCloud targets large global enterprises with managed deployed of apps and resources to multi-cloud environments. The company allows its global business clients to interconnect multi-cluster resources with reduced complexity with end-to-end managed turnkey service. InterCloud believes that cloud connectivity, being part of both the serverless and the containers architectures, should be integrated to the continuous integration & delivery (CI/CD) in a new DevOps world.
Meanwhile AWS' Transit Gateway platform offers a compelling method for businesses to connect to Amazon Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs) and local on-site networks via a single gateway. AWS Transit Gateway means one single connection is needed from the central gateway into each Amazon VPC, on-premises data center, or remote location. AWS Transit Gateway supports the creation of routing topologies; the interconnection VPCs at scale; consolidation of edge connectivity; and flexibility with routing domains. AWS has further integrated its Transit Gateway with three SD-WAN vendors: Cisco, Aruba, and Silver Peak — and has integrated its service with the Aviatrix (the latter being a cloud networking startup) cloud platform.
These events throw both challenge and opportunity to service providers. Operators need to continue pushing the benefits of SD-WAN to end-users, but at the same time be very ready to offer customers support for smooth cloud migrations. The advantage that service providers have over InterCloud and AWS is the last-mile access piece. But failure to add value and provide an elegant and innovative service wrap (service dashboard) and cloud apps management tools will give companies that are born in the cloud the opportunity to disrupt, which is already happening.
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What is Digital Healthcare?
Digital transformation for clinical labs, medical practices, hospitals, and care centers has resulted in the term Digital Healthcare. Examples of new and expanding patient services include mobile health ‘mHealth’ and Telemedicine.
The rapid evolution of IT and networks towards virtualized and automated services is driving major change in Healthcare. SD-WAN has a major part to play in underpinning digital healthcare evolution. It is quickly become an essential pillar for supporting healthcare IoT, population health, new AI-supported health applications, patient data analytics, and clinical workflows.
Service Provider Takeaways
The full length report is published within the Clavem Research subscriber area. The full report offers more in-depth analysis and opinion on the main considerations that face medical organizations and why SD-WAN provides a good fit. The report also provides case studies based on real implementations including AT&T's project with Rush University Medical, Nokia-Nuage and UPMC, and VMware-VeloCloud's deployment with Saber Healthcare.
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