Universal Platform for Open User Plane Function


China Mobile recently gathered the leading 5G hardware and software vendors to an “Open User Plane Function” conference, where they addressed the need to create a universal platform for user plane functionality (UPF), which is the data plane within a 5G network. In other words, in the opinion of one of the world’s largest telecommunications […]

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ACE-NIC100 Accelerates 5G Networks with Wind River Titanium Cloud


There is an increasing need for flexible cloud-based infrastructure and orchestration solutions to allow for dynamic placement of functions where and when they are needed. When it comes to the Telco edge, the gold standard for OpenStack-based virtualization software platforms is Wind River Titanium Cloud. Titanium Cloud is an ultrareliable deployment-ready cloud platform, capable of […]

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Hot Topics at DPDK Summit 2019


At the annual DPDK Summit North America, Ethernity Networks CTO Barak Perlman was a featured speaker, providing insight into the role DPDK plays in 5G UPF hardware offload. In fact, 5G was a topic mentioned in a couple presentations at the DPDK Summit this year. While few companies in attendance were as intimately aware of […]

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Open and Virtualized Access Was Trending at BBWF2019


Broadband World Forum has traditionally been an event for fixed networks, but in recent years it has addressed the needs of fixed, mobile, and cable networks, covering a variety of topics, including 5G, virtualization, open source, NG PON, DOCSIS, and edge computing. BBWF2019, earlier this month in Amsterdam, was all about providing reliable connectivity and […]

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Who Will Own the Edge?


As both telecom operators and cloud providers move their computing resources to the network edge, to bring applications closer to users and reduce latency, the question has arisen as to who the dominant players will be. Whereas the trend for the past decade or so has been for the big three cloud companies to control […]

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Bringing 5G Broadband to Developing Regions Requires Network Acceleration


Residents of technologically advanced countries sometimes take for granted the blessings of instantaneous access to the wealth of information on the internet, the almost infinite options for media and entertainment, and connections to friends, family, and colleagues anywhere. All those advantages are only getting better with the advent of 5G broadband. With 5G will come […]

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Thoughts on Edge Computing Congress 2019


At the 2019 edition of the Edge Computing Congress last week, Ethernity Networks was in attendance to promote our 5G UPF Acceleration solution and Universal Edge Platform network appliance. The conference had been held in Berlin the previous two years, but it moved to London this year, with an impressive agenda of top speakers and […]

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Accelerating the 5G User Plane Function


When it comes to 5G, the User Plane Function (UPF) is an essential element of the evolving network development. The CUPS (Control and User Plane Separation) architecture put forth by 3GPP separates the Serving Gateway and PDN Gateway functions into control and data plane components, and the UPF serves as the data path. This approach […]

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A Must-Read Report on the Next Gen Central Office


The evolution of central offices into small cloud data centers – with commodity servers and network function virtualization infrastructure (NFVI) replacing fixed-function hardware devices – is the subject of the new, in-depth 2019 Next Gen Central Office report by the research firm AvidThink. These Next Gen Central Offices, are needed so service providers can prepare, […]

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MWC2019 Shanghai Was All About 5G


If you were to sum up Mobile World Congress Shanghai in one word, it would be easy: 5G.  Not only was it the main theme, but it by far dominated all other topics of discussion among the more than 75,000 attendees from more than 100 nations and territories. That includes the many visitors who came […]

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Gearing Up for MWCS19 – Q&A About Ethernity’s FPGA SmartNICs


In connection with Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2019, which opens this Wednesday, we did a question-and-answer session for two Chinese publications. The subject was FPGA SmartNICs, and we thought that it might be instructive to see the questions asked for the article and how we responded.  Question 1: Ethernity’s flagship products are SmartNICs. Why use […]

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Filling the Needs at the Network Edge


With the imminent spread of 5G and IoT as well as greater demands on enterprise WANs, there is a need for network edge platforms that provide efficient and secure high-speed connectivity. That is how Roy Chua, principal at the research and analyst firm AvidThink, describes the situation. And that is the rationale behind our new […]

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FPGA Questions and Answers, Part III: Focus on SmartNIC


Today we wrap up our review of the questions that we are frequently asked about FPGAs in industry conversations, as more and more telecom vendors are moving toward NFVI and FPGA SmartNICs. How do FPGAs make it possible for users to burn fewer CPU cores, and why is that an important advantage? Some networking functions […]

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Data Plane Acceleration: More Recognition for FPGA


Analysys Mason analysts Gorkem Yigit and Caroline Chappell have produced an excellent new technology overview white paper, titled Data plane acceleration technologies: realising the potential of network virtualization, in which they show how the transformation to software-defined, automated networks and the new era of cloud-based services for 5G and edge computing can only occur with […]

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FPGA Questions and Answers – Part II


We’re continuing our review of questions that we frequently receive about FPGAs at trade shows and in industry conversations. We addressed some of the more basic questions in our previous post, and this time, we’re getting into some of the deeper and more thoughtful questions. For instance: Do FPGAs cost more than ASIC solutions because […]

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Looking into the Future of the Central Office


With Communications Service Providers today challenged to deliver more and more advanced services to subscribers, higher speeds alone won’t be the answer. Services such as high-definition video, multi-player online gaming, augmented and virtual reality, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and IoT are forcing a transition to smarter, more flexible, lower-latency, virtualized networks. The Central Office (CO), […]

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CloudFest 2019 Showcases a Dynamic, Energetic Industry


As we talked with a broad range of people from across the cloud and data center industry at last week’s CloudFest, a couple of trends kept surfacing in terms of the market’s immediate and longer-term needs. The two major areas of concern that stood out were power consumption and security. When you consider that data […]

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Assessing the APAC Multi-Access Edge Computing Market


Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) is a cloud-networking distributed architecture that combines real-time low latency access with edge servers to better handle latency-dependent applications. As almost everything moves to the cloud, from office and smartphone applications to entire platforms, performance and security challenges are growing along with the huge increase in the number of migrated applications. […]

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FPGA Questions and Answers – Part I


As more people learn about FPGAs, questions often arise as to how this technology works and how its benefits and advantages can be applied to the telecommunications, cloud networking, and other industries. As a company that promotes data plane offload to FPGA, Ethernity receives many questions about this technology. This series of posts is designed […]

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Beyond the Glitz at MWC 2019


As you might expect, what grabbed the headlines at last week’s Mobile World Congress were the flashy, high-profile displays. Foldable phones, autonomous vehicles, piano-playing robots, and virtual and augmented reality demonstrations were just a few of the glitzy attention-getters. And of course 5G, which either dominated or lurked in the background of almost every conversation. […]

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Securing the Edge Cloud with FPGAs


As observed by Gorkem Yigit, Senior Analyst at Analysys Mason, today’s network operators, cloud providers, and enterprises are embracing software-defined, automated, and cloud-native networks to enable quick, cost-effective responses to constantly evolving customer demands. “To build differentiated and future-proof WAN, cloud, and IoT connectivity, they need high-performance, programmable, secure, and open-source enabled solutions,” Yigit explains. […]

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What to Expect at Mobile World Congress 2019


As the biggest event in the mobile communications industry, all eyes are going to be on Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in less than two weeks. What can the more than 100,000 visitors expect from the show, and its more than 2,400 exhibitors, this year? Well, you can be sure that major operators are going […]

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A Cost-effective FPGA-based Approach to Virtual Routing


A common challenge for communications and internet service providers, as well as enterprise data centers, is how to accelerate network performance without having to make a large investment in new hardware. There is an understandable temptation to take a software-only approach, in the belief that software will always be less expensive than hardware. That may […]

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The Big Trends of 2018 and 2019, Part III


Continuing our look at the key trends that we at Ethernity Networks believe had a significant impact on telco networks in the past year and will continue to influence the industry in 2019, we come to the topic of network security. In previous posts, we focused on the arrival of 5G and edge virtualization, and […]

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The Big Trends of 2018 and 2019, Part II


Let’s continue our look at the trends that we believe that had the greatest impact on telco networks in the past year, and will dominate the industry’s attention in the coming year. In our last post we focused on the arrival of 5G, and today we’ll look at another key area, edge virtualization. Virtualizing the […]

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The Big Trends of 2018 and 2019, Part I


We are experiencing a revolutionary period for the telecom industry in which almost everything from the previous era has become less relevant, including the protocols and standards, custom-built hardware, and even the security systems. New concepts and technologies have arisen to replace the outdated ones, leading us toward network function virtualization (NFV), software-defined networks (SDN), […]

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The Growing Importance of the Network Edge


As so much attention shifts to the network edge, there is a growing realization of the potential of edge computing to improve performance, scalability, reliability, and regulatory compliance options for critical applications. One key to achieving the edge’s potential is in accelerators, such as Smart NICs. That’s one of the points made in a new, […]

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The Risk of Using Programmable NPUs


Over the past few years, it seems that one after another, Network Processing Units (NPUs) are being discontinued. Look at the trail of NPUs that are no longer being produced: Agere’s PayloadPlus NPU was discontinued after its acquisition by LSI Wintegra’s WinPath NPU was discontinued after its acquisition first by PMC-Sierra, and then by Microsemi […]

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Microsoft Azure Makes the Case for FPGA based SmartNICs


When it comes to innovating using FPGAs, no one is a greater expert than Microsoft Azure. As early as 2010, well before anyone had ever heard of a SmartNIC (a term Microsoft Azure actually coined), Microsoft demonstrated the first proof of concept that used FPGAs at scale to accelerate web searches on its Bing search […]

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How Can OEMs Benefit from Ethernity’s Complete Networking Solutions?


Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) have been caught in the middle of a revolutionary transition period in the telecom industry. While previously their operator customers would buy proprietary all-in-one solutions, the new paradigm is to avoid vendor lock-in and to “mix and match” open, off-the-shelf hardware and software products from a variety of sources to create […]

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Ethernity’s Role as Industry Leader Strengthened by MEF Participation


Ethernity Networks recently took part in the 2Q18 MEF Members Meeting, Athens, Greece, participating in several workgroup meetings, workshops, and other sessions. The MEF quarterly meetings are a great place to meet industry experts from all over the world and an opportunity to discuss both technical issues and the direction of the market. More than […]

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AT&T Enables 5G Through COTS Deployment at Mobile Edge


AT&T’s recent announcement that it plans to use open hardware designs as it virtualizes its network illustrates the rapid development of edge computing and the use of data center architecture at the network edge. AT&T plans to become the first carrier to offer mobile 5G in the United States, and to that end, stated that […]

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Lessons from MWC 2018: Hardware Acceleration Trend is Here to Stay


At the Mobile World Congress 2018, which took place last month in Barcelona, Spain, it was apparent that communication service providers (CSPs) are showing a growing interest in hardware acceleration as an ideal solution for the network’s edge. During the show, Ethernity Networks presented a demo of its Carrier Ethernet aggregation switch router on COTS […]

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Central Office Virtualization Carries Great Potential for CSPs


Communication service providers (CSPs) are constantly looking for ways to improve service agility and operational efficiency to upgrade customer experience (and corresponding potential revenue) and lower costs. One of the most promising areas of potential growth is presented by building a Virtual Central Office (VCO) with open source, non-proprietary components. A recent white paper, published […]

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Carrier Grade QoE or Vendor Neutrality? Why Choose?


Virtualization of a network loses its value if the price of virtualization is the loss of “carrier-grade” quality of experience. But is it possible to kill two birds with one stone and combine reliable performance with vendor neutrality? Agility and flexibility have been buzzwords for nearly five years, during which time we have learned that […]

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Ethernity Networks Joins the Intel Network Builders Program


Ethernity Networks has joined the Intel Network Builders program. The program is an ecosystem of leading technology solution providers working together to accelerate the adoption of NFV and SDN-based solutions in telecommunications networks and public, private enterprise, and hybrid clouds. The program focuses on building and simplifying software-defined network infrastructure, enhancing security, and improving efficiency […]

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Why Ethernity chose AIM


In recent years, flotation’s on AIM have grown in popularity. Since its launch in 1995, over 2,400 companies have joined AIM, raising more than £30bn collectively. Today AIM attracts a range of dynamic companies from venture capital-backed businesses to more established growing organisations. AIM is open to organisations from all sectors all over the world. […]

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From Here to Ethernity – Said the Visitors from the Light!


Light Reading is one of the most recognized sources for telecom and networking technology news and trends worldwide. Recently the international group editor Ray Le Maistre and his team visited Israel on the Innovators Video Tour, as the country is a permanent source of creativity and thought, and new technologies often start here. We at […]

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Virtual March Hares in Paris


This spring at Ethernity Networks, we are working hard on the new solutions. Naturally, we decided not to run after two hares, especially the March hares at MPLS/SDN/NFV World Congress. We have not presented there and just went to visit and listen what the big minds say. Indeed, many deployment issues and ideas raised during […]

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What to Accelerate?

Software data processing is de facto the next very popular topic today after ASIC packet processors, both for telecom and data centers. However, the main question is – What to accelerate? A virtual Switch or Linux native data path? There are different types of data paths presented today in Linux environment. The first option is […]

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