Samsung | July 08, 2020
Samsung is the latest supplier to declare open season on the radio access network (RAN). Samsung on Tuesday introduced new 5G RAN equipment products that, the company claims, are both fully open and fully virtualized. That means the products could potentially be mixed and matched with equipment from other vendors, and run on any x86 hardware. "Samsung is a big believer in open systems," explained Alok Shah, Samsung's VP of strategy, marketing and business development. "It's what our customers are asking for." Shah said Samsung's new 5G RAN products comprise a virtualized Central Unit (vCU), a virtualized Distributed Unit (vDU) and a wide range of radio units. He explained that Samsung first virtualized its CU in April last year, and now is offering a virtualized DU. Shah added that the company has also been offering open access to its products for more than a year, a position, he points out, that has been highlighted by tests with AT&T and Verizon.
ADVA | May 19, 2020
The virtualized encryption technology will give dacoso’s customers comprehensive data protection in cloud environments.
We’re excited to be offering our customers the comprehensive protection of ADVA’s ConnectGuard™ Cloud technology. For many of them, total cloud security is key to their business needs.
ADVA’s ConnectGuard™ Cloud is a highly scalable, standards-compliant encryption solution that provides hybrid and multi-cloud environments with the ultimate defense against cyber threats.
ADVA today announced that dacoso is using its cloud-native security solution, ConnectGuard™ Cloud, to offer secure managed services. The virtualized encryption technology will give dacoso’s customers comprehensive data protection in cloud environments. With unprecedented scale and efficiency, dacoso will be able to roll out secure connectivity within minutes, safeguarding private, public, and edge/branch clouds at Layers 2, 3 and 4. Managed centrally in dacoso’s network by ADVA’s Ensemble Controller, the VPN services offer a major boost to the region’s businesses as they look to reduce costs and enhance flexibility by migrating more of their data and applications to the cloud. Now dacoso’s enterprise customers can harness the latest cloud tools while ensuring data integrity, regulatory compliance and true peace of mind for their end users.
We’re excited to be offering our customers the comprehensive protection of ADVA’s ConnectGuard™ Cloud technology. For many of them, total cloud security is key to their business needs. By providing strong and flexible data protection in virtual environments, we’re enabling our customers to realize their full potential by accessing cloud applications with complete peace of mind, We’re convinced by the robust security and performance benefits of ConnectGuard Cloud™. So much so that we’re already harnessing the solutions to protect our own branch and cloud locations. We understand its power to protect mission-critical data while also reducing costs and enhancing network utilization,
Karsten Geise, head of business and product development, dacoso.
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Implemented entirely in software, ADVA’s ConnectGuard™ Cloud is a highly scalable, standards-compliant encryption solution that provides hybrid and multi-cloud environments with the ultimate defense against cyber threats. It enables dacoso to offer its customers high-performance, transport-layer-independent security with none of the performance issues of IPSec-based technologies. As a far more efficient and cost-effective alternative to hardware security appliances, ConnectGuard™ Cloud empowers dacoso’s customers to extend encryption to remote workers and branch offices by leveraging low-cost uCPE platforms. What’s more, with zero-touch provisioning, dacoso can roll out fully secured cloud connectivity almost instantly without any manual configuration.
Our partnership with dacoso is great news for a huge number of enterprises across this region who are currently undergoing their digital transformation. With more and more of dacoso’s customers moving their workloads to cloud environments, our ConnectGuard™ Cloud technology provides the ideal way to ensure privacy and data integrity while keeping cost and complexity low. As a virtualized encryption solution with zero-touch provisioning and automated key management, our ConnectGuard™ Cloud is the most readily scalable option available. It improves operational simplicity and latency performance compared to appliance-based encryption methods. What’s more, it keeps latency at its lowest levels – a key requirement for many emerging cloud applications,
Hartmut Müller-Leitloff, SVP, sales, EMEA, ADVA.
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ADVA is a company founded on innovation and focused on helping our customers succeed. Our technology forms the building blocks of a shared digital future and empowers networks across the globe. We’re continually developing breakthrough hardware and software that leads the networking industry and creates new business opportunities. It’s these open connectivity solutions that enable our customers to deliver the cloud and mobile services that are vital to today’s society and for imagining new tomorrows. Together, we’re building a truly connected and sustainable future.
Broadband Forum | October 29, 2021
A cutting-edge Broadband Forum demonstration has showcased how operators can utilize industry standards and existing investments to achieve a virtualized infrastructure that enables zero touch provisioning, service activation and session steering within a multi-vendor and white box environment.
Bringing together leading service providers, vendors and interoperability labs at this year’s Broadband World Forum, the Cloud Central Office (CloudCO) project enables dynamic use cases, including multi-vendor service creation and activation and a truly virtualized disaggregated multi-vendor network.
In a world-first, the demonstration also presented a new gaming session steering application, demonstrating how operators can use CloudCO to detect a change in user traffic type, check network conditions against defined service levels and reprogram session steering to meet them and preserve the user experience.
“Dynamic session steering brings numerous benefits to a service provider’s business, allowing them to provide new and competitive service offerings with assurance capabilities that can seamlessly act on the network in a timely manner to ensure the assurance objectives of the service being offered."
Tim Carey, Chairman of the Broadband Forum's OB-BAA open source project
The CloudCO project recasts the Central Office hosting infrastructure to utilize Software Defined Networking (SDN), Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and cloud technologies. Key components include disaggregated control plane functions in the Access and Edge networks, dynamic session steering as well as subscriber session steering, a Broadband Access Abstraction (BAA) layer with disaggregated control and management plane functions. The flagship architecture brings network and services agility, automation and orchestration and a unified vision of interoperable and streamlined service deployments.
Supporting this year’s CloudCO demonstration was consulting and system integrator Reply, and service providers BT, TIM, and Vodafone, alongside engineers from Altice Labs, Capgemini Engineering, Broadcom, EANTC, Nokia, ufiSpace, VMware, and the University of New Hampshire – InterOperability Laboratory.
“This year’s CloudCO demonstration continues to highlight the great work across many of the Broadband Forum working groups, including Access and Transport Architecture (ATA) as well as the formidable work within the OB-BAA,” said Craig Thomas, Vice President Strategic Marketing and Business Development at Broadband Forum. “The demonstration emphasizes the importance of a truly virtualized disaggregated multi-vendor network, and how operators can take full advantage of all of the open source benefits by leveraging specification standards.”
The CloudCO framework is built from the ground up with components from the vendor community. To ensure full accessibility for participants, the demonstration was hosted both virtually and in-person to encourage safe participation during the Coronavirus pandemic.
About the Broadband Forum
Broadband Forum is the communications industry’s leading open standards development organization focused on accelerating broadband innovation, standards, and ecosystem development. Our members’ passion – delivering on the promise of broadband by enabling smarter and faster broadband networks and a thriving broadband ecosystem.
Broadband Forum is an open, non-profit industry organization composed of the industry’s leading broadband operators, vendors, thought leaders who are shaping the future of broadband, and observers who closely track our progress. Its work to date has been the foundation for broadband’s global proliferation and innovation. For example, the Forum’s flagship TR-069 CPE WAN Management Protocol has nearly 1 billion installations worldwide.
Broadband Forum’s projects span across 5G, Connected Home, Cloud, and Access. Its working groups collaborate to define best practices for global networks, enable new revenue-generating service and content delivery, establish technology migration strategies, and engineer critical device, service & development management tools in the home and business IP networking infrastructure. We develop multi-service broadband packet networking specifications addressing architecture, device and service management, software data models, interoperability and certification in the broadband market.