Intel® Architecture Moves Flexibility, Scalability: Solution Brief
With the escalating growth in connected devices, mobile users, and video content, Internet traffic is exploding. More than ever, service providers need ways to efficiently scale the network to deliver high-quality mobile and connected experiences, as well as new revenue-boosting services, while tightly managing capital and operating expenditures (CapEx and OpEx). Fortunately, there’s a flexible and scalable approach to resolving these challenges: deploying intelligent network components based on Intel® architecture at the network edge.
Adding Intelligence to the Edge
Typical network elements are based on several different processor architectures. When it’s time to add services, application-specific appliances are added, along with corresponding load balancers, switches, and backup systems. The resulting heterogeneous fixed-function infrastructure is hard to power manage, and costly to scale and enhance with new services.
An intelligent edge infrastructure based on Intel architecture (Figure 1) offers a better approach, allowing consolidation of high-value services and packet processing workloads onto a single processor architecture positioned closer to the subscriber. Bringing compute and storage capabilities to the edge allows the use of virtualization solutions that take advantage of Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT), an integrated set of hardware enhancements for virtualization. Virtualization adds astonishing flexibility to service edge solutions, enabling them to re-provision cores, blades, and systems as needed to handle changing service demands. Services can even be live migrated from node to node with minimal service interruption in response to real-time changes in demand.
With one blade capable of handling several types of workloads, Intel® processor-based servers provide a clear path to reducing CapEx costs through consolidation. They also help reduce OpEx through advanced power management features. Equally important, Intel processor-based servers at the service edge can substantially improve subscriber quality of experience. For example, delivering high-demand video content seamlessly from the edge closest to the subscribers reduces latency and jitter.