As pointed out by Gartner report in 2016, more than 30% of advanced cyber threats, such as DDoS, data breach, and ransomware, will aim at the most vulnerable edge networks of SME or remote business branches, where IT managements are more concerned with budget, service flexibility and manageability. To build up sustainable measures against latest emerging cyber threats, they need a flexible, on-demand, and software-defined security to achieve total zone defense for their networks. With the trends of NFV and vCPE network virtualization infrastructures, SMEs and branch offices shall employ x86 open compute vCPE platforms and SD-Security to simplify their edge security operations and deliver service agility while maintaining OPEX efficiency and elasticity.
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a new network architecture concept that uses IT virtualization technologies to decouple network functions, such as router, firewall, network address transition (NAT), and domain name service (DNS), from proprietary hardware appliances so that they can run as software on general purpose network platform. NFV aims to help telecom service providers obtain operation agility, OPEX efficiency and scale-on-demand network services.
Nowadays, no matter the average people or enterprises, or even governmental organizations, there is a rising dependence on digital multimedia for purposes including marketing, entertainment, campaigns and information. According to researches, the average of digital media consumption is rising approximately 20% or more (at the time of this writing). This indicates that we are consuming and supplying more and more digital media on social networking sites, content delivery networks, TV broadcasters and video-streaming platforms, and the volumes go up by exponentials. In fact, network convergence and multimedia streaming are becoming more compute-intensive than ever, and sometimes quality of service can be traded off. There is a need for High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) technology to enhance the serviceability.
Intel® ONP (Open Network Platform) is a reference architecture to encourage the wide adoptions of SDN (Software Defined Network) and NFV (Network Function Virtualization). This move by Intel clearly points out that the network industry is walking through a transition from hardware-based to a more software-focused ecosystem. With the rapid development of open-source and open-standard software solutions, owners of telecommunications, cloud computing and data centers are favoring more open technologies while saving costs on fixed equipment costs. To accelerate this transition, Intel layouts the picture of Intel ONP, which will readily integrate open software and hardware architecture to meet industrial and enterprise demands.
Telecom cloud services must blend data center and telecom capabilities, offering excellent performance, cost, energy, space, and manageability, along with carrier- grade reliability and security. In this article, we look at the forces driving telecom cloud computing and explore the challenges of adopting this technology.