Orange Teams Up With Dell, Ekinops on uCPE, VNFs

Orange Business Services | February 18, 2020

Orange Business Services today announced a collaboration with Dell Technologies and software vendor Ekinops to develop a new line of universal CPE appliances and NFV services. Dell with build the appliances in a variety of form factors, and they will run multiple virtualized network functions (VNFs) using Ekinops software. “We plan to offer virtualization of network functions at the edge, with a portfolio covering routing, SD-WAN, security, and WAN optimization,” said Laurent Perrin, director of product management for application-driven networks at Orange, in an email to SDxCentral.

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Organizations are turning to desktop virtualization to provide greater mobility and ¬exibility, reduce the costs of IT, and improve security and compliance. To do this ef ciently, many companies are embracing converged architectures for their deployments.

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Organizations are turning to desktop virtualization to provide greater mobility and ¬exibility, reduce the costs of IT, and improve security and compliance. To do this ef ciently, many companies are embracing converged architectures for their deployments.

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