ADVA, Advantech offer remote lab option for testing of uCPE edge devices

ADVA, Advantech offer remote lab option for testing of uCPE edge devices

ADVA and Advantech recently announced a joint test-drive portal initiative based on the ADVA Ensemble suite and Advantech edge appliances for remote evaluation of SD-WAN and security solutions on Universal CPE. ADVA and Advantech want to streamline the evaluation process for network engineers and architects working remotely by providing them with free access to a wide range of pre-integrated SD-WAN uCPE platforms. This will allow them to identify hardware and software configuration options to meet their requirements while overcoming remote evaluation logistics challenges such as lab licensing and device shipping to distributed teams. Registered ADVA-Advantech uCPE Test-Drive Portal users will be able to simulate different network service chains and benchmark application throughput by leveraging on-site traffic generation tools.

The ADVA and Advantech partnership has brought optimized uCPE platforms to market that fit a wide range of price/performance requirements. These range from small offices to enterprise headquarters and edge cloud. The solutions are supported by a global supply chain network and can be factory pre-integrated for seamless deployment. The ADVA-Advantech uCPE solution has been deployed by service providers such as Colt and has recently been selected as edge platform to host smart city, traffic and surveillance services by German service provider WiTCOM. In addition, workload-optimized configurations have been verified as Intel Select Solutions for uCPE bringing the performance of Intel Xeon processors to the edge of communication service provider clouds for agile service provisioning. These field-proven uCPE platforms are now available for online evaluation through Advantech’s remote lab which has served as time-to-market accelerator for customers and partners around the globe for over 6 years.

The new uCPE test-drive portal is built on the ADVA Ensemble open virtualization suite, including carrier-class management and orchestration, and virtual network functions hosting capabilities. Lab users will be provided access to Advantech FWA-1112VC edge appliances hosting the ADVA Ensemble software and will be able to test Fortinet’s Secure SD-WAN solution that enables a Security-Driven Networking approach and the Silver Peak Unity EdgeConnect SD-WAN edge platform that provides automated integration with cloud-delivered security services. The Advantech FWA-1112VC platform features Intel Atom® processors that have been cost optimized for volume deployment and provide flexible connectivity options including 5G, Wi-Fi 6 and 10 GbE. Encryption and compression acceleration improvements can be assessed using Intel® QuickAssist with DPDK. Other partner virtual network functions and Advantech hardware platforms are available for evaluation under request.

“By partnering with Advantech, we’re helping to simplify the virtualization journey for operators and enterprises. This is especially crucial right now with so many CSP and enterprise engineers operating from home. Our joint virtual lab gives those working remotely the ability to see a complete solution and evaluate functionality and performance without having to set it up in their own labs,” explains Mike Heffner, VP, product line management, Edge Cloud, ADVA. “Together with Advantech, we’re eliminating the pain of integration and helping our customers realize the benefits of multi-vendor uCPE. This test-drive portal initiative is also key to accelerating the shift towards fully cloud-native architectures.”

“We have joined forces with ADVA during these challenging times to help network engineers and architects working from home rapidly evaluate different SD-WAN, security and enterprise edge solutions through an open uCPE lab that is fully supported by a team of network experts,” adds James Yang, VP, Cloud IoT Group, Advantech. “This is the first in a series of joint initiatives that will grow our partnership stronger with the objective of delivering hassle-free open uCPE solutions to market that accelerate time to revenue, minimize supply chain risks and support disaggregated SD-WAN strategies toward next generation converged and cloud native architectures.”

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