A key component of these next generation NFV-based solutions is the ability to leverage commercial off the shelf (COTS) hardware platforms to simplify the NFV deployment model. This disaggregation of hardware and software elements is critical for enabling whitebox uCPE deployments, which are gaining popularity as an efficient and flexible way of deploying enterprise and residential communications services. 

To meet the mission-critical demand for multi-vendor networks, Lanner Electronics and ADVA Optical Networking SE have been driving the migration from proprietary hardware architectures toward open, programmable and scalable NFV solutions. This integrated and tested hardware/software solution combines industry-leading compute; and networking COTS platforms pre-configurated with ADVA’s Ensemble Connector,  a flexible and scalable network operating system responsible for providing a framework for network connectivity as well as management and orchestration of highly distributed Virtual Network Functions (VNFs).