Like many industries, telecommunications have widely deployed virtualization in many areas of operation. In recent years, service providers have moved further with Network Function Virtualization (NFV), aimed at decoupling many network services, including routing, firewalls, and sessions.
border control – from the underlying proprietary material that had traditionally provided them. NFV is one of the biggest trends in the industry towards greater operational efficiency and cost savings. An industry leader in providing NFV software solutions, Ribbon has moved many of its telecommunications application products out of its own hardware platforms, so that customers can host them on virtual machines using virtual machines. ” a commercial off-the-shelf hypervisor (COTS)
waiters. Ribbon’s applications can run in an OpenStack private cloud infrastructure in service provider data centers or on public clouds such as Amazon Web Services. This versatility offers its customers great flexibility of deployment. For example, the company’s Session Border Controller Software Edition (SBC SWe) enables secure, real-time communications in private or public clouds. Regardless of the deployment model (private cloud, public cloud, or appliance-based), the SBC uses the same codebase and offers the same level of resiliency, media transcoding, and security for VoIP traffic.
Changing the way telecommunications play the game
According to Bryan Hill, vice president of engineering at Ribbon, breakthroughs in value for money in computing power, coupled with the emergence of various cloud models, have transformed what is possible, making the company’s solution an evolution of the proprietary appliance model. “The appliance model made sense years ago, but with COTS hardware and cloud infrastructure, the game has changed,” he says. “Now we focus
more resources on software development, where most
of the value of our solutions has always been. The company has optimized its SBC SWe application to run on virtual machines using VMware or KVM hypervisors, so customers can choose which hardware they want to run it on. For customer trials with VMware, Ribbon provides its application
with an underlying hardware stack using VMware, the Dell Technologies family of companies, built on PowerEdge servers.
Ribbon’s test solutions are shipped to a customer’s lab onboard PowerEdge servers, powered by Intel® Xeon® Scalable processors. They also feature optional graphics processing unit (GPU) cards from a leading vendor that
offload resource-intensive media transcoding tasks from server processors. “Efficient and large-scale transcoding is one of the keys to our application performance, which is why we chose PowerEdge servers with Intel Xeon processors and GPUs,” explains Hill. “The architecture of the hardware and its value for money are unbeatable. “
Rationalization of purchasing, configuration and support
To drive the success of proof of concept or network testing, Ribbon turned to Dell Technologies Design Solutions. Its telecommunications program focuses exclusively on meeting the needs of businesses supporting telecommunications service providers for powerful hardware platforms. If virtualization is required, PowerEdge servers can ship with VMware Embedded, pre-installed for OEMs, as well as OpenStack and other solution components, including those from reputable third parties. Hill recalls that the company’s long-term relationship with Intel has led to a timely introduction to Dell technologies. “Our appliances have long used powerful Intel chips, our association Intel
goes back 10 years or more, ”he says. “More recently, when migrating to NFV, we used Intel’s Data Plan Development Kit and its built-in performance primitive tools for extremely efficient packet processing. The Design Solutions team provided Ribbon with a range of strategic assistance, from architectural advice to streamlining procurement, configuration and support. “We have entered into detailed architectural discussions with Dell Technologies
the team and their VMware colleagues on performance, bottlenecks and other issues we were having, ”Hill said. “In turn, Dell Technologies also brought in technical experts from the GPU vendor and other third parties, such as a
partner, to help us resolve any NFV issues.
Hill adds that having VMware Embedded means that the vSphere hypervisor is preinstalled on PowerEdge servers, so there is one less step in preparing Ribbon trial packages for customers. Plus, Dell Technologies ProSupport provides additional peace of mind. “We can focus more on installing and optimizing our application on a virtual machine when the hypervisor is preinstalled as part of a turnkey test package for our customers’ labs,” says Hill. . “It also simplifies procurement and support by having one BOM and one source of support, if needed. “
Accelerate NFV customer migrations
Ribbon’s Senior Director of Solutions Marketing Dan Teichman describes his telecom customers as being under direction from the board to migrate their networks to more efficient and less expensive business models as quickly as possible. “Of course, major migrations like NFV require many months of evaluation and
test applications like ours before they can determine whether virtual implementations can completely replace existing solutions based on proprietary hardware that may have served them for years, ”says Teichman. “But we can save our customers significant time in testing and verification by delivering our SBC application built on a powerful PowerEdge server with VMware.
vSphere on board.
Hill and Teichman both see the partnership with Dell Technologies Design Solutions as an invaluable strategic relationship that goes far beyond working with a technology vendor. As Hill explains, “We can better plan our solutions to achieve best-in-class performance by knowing where the hardware
and software stacks from Dell Technologies, VMware and their industry-leading partners like Intel and the GPU card vendor are on the move. Hill concludes, “As we continue our transition to a software-only business, we know we can always count on high-performance platforms from Dell Technologies, now and well.
in the future.”