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HPE OpenNFV vEPC Solution with Affirmed Networks



Author: Dinesh Solanki, Sr. Global Product Line Manager, NFV Solutions, CSB Group, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

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 Communication Service Providers (CSPs) today provide LTE mobile communication services using a standard mobile packet core architecture known as the Evolved Packet Core (EPC). CSPs have rolled out EPC deployments by utilizing physical appliances for the various EPC functions (MME, S-GW, etc.).

With the tremendous growth of data-hungry smartphones, mobile tablets, mobile laptops, CSPs worldwide are seeing their profit margins deteriorate because consumers are consuming more data, demanding higher speeds while keeping their spend constant. In some parts of the world, operators have reached saturation, while in others the customer base expects to pay significantly lower prices. At the same time, the increase of cellular-based Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices is forcing CSPs to find less expensive ways to provide packet core connectivity because the Average Revenue Per Unit (ARPU) for M2M connections has been diminishing.

In order to surmount these challenges, CSPs are looking towards Network Functional Virtualization (NFV) based solutions – including Virtualized EPC (vEPC). By moving the functions of the network from dedicated, proprietary hardware platforms to high-volume, general-purpose computing platforms and open-source software, CSPs are able to reduce network costs while improving the speed for updates to the network. At the same time, they are able to increase innovation and to create new services through a more open ecosystem.

However, not all vEPC solutions are created equal. Before selecting a vEPC vendor, a CSP needs to ask the following questions:

  • Is this a best of breed solution – a cloud native implementation of VNF software or it is just simple porting of appliance software?
  • Is this vendor able to support all geographies in which one operates?
  • Does this vendor provide end-to-end virtualization stack?
  • Is the solution open? Is this vendor willing to support 3rd party components, if desired?
  • Does the solution support telco-grade reliability, high-availability and performance?
  • Does the solution result in real savings – both capital and operating?
  • Is the solution hardened, mature and field proven?
  • Is the solution 5G-ready?


HPE and Affirmed Networks vEPC Solution Overview

The hardened, pre-integrated ETSI compliant HPE and Affirmed Networks vEPC solution is based upon a standards-based architecture that promotes an open ecosystem and facilitates rapid deployment. Figure 1 shows the joint HPE and Affirmed Networks vEPC solution that uses mature solution components.

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 Figure 1. HPE and Affirmed Networks vEPC Solution


HPE and Affirmed Networks vEPC solution has following key differentiators:

  • Pre-integrated offering
  • An open modular framework that allows CSPs choice of different VNF, if so desired
  • Use of open source components (OpenStack®)
  • Carrier-grade performance and reliability using Helion OpenStack® Carrier Grade on NFV System
  • NFV Optimized VNFs – design, performance, reliability and scalability
  • Global services and support


To download and read the full whitepaper, go here. Also, join us for a vEPC solution demo at Mobile World Congress 2017.

Want to learn more? Visit us at our HPE website, and follow us on Twitter at @HPE_NFV and @HPE_CSP.


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