Enea announced Enea NFV Access – a lightweight virtualization platform tailored for customer premise deployment at the network edge.
Enea said the NFV Access is optimized for minimal footprint, and high throughput for virtual network functions (VNFs) running in KVM and Docker containers. Enea NFV Access supports both ARM and x86 white boxes enabling operators and service providers to meet a wider range of price and performance point while still using the same platform and management interfaces.
According to Enea, the NFV Access is architected to meet the special challenges of virtualization on edge devices. Without the need for a full OpenStack deployment, Enea NFV Access is a truly light-weight platform. It runs, together with VNFs, on as little as two cores without sacrificing throughput or performance. Support for container virtualization increases VNF density and minimizes total system footprint. In addition, NFV Access enables mixing containers and virtual machines on the same platform which provides flexibility as well as a migration path from VMs to Containers.
Main components include virtualization through KVM and Docker, optimized vSwitch, a full FCAPS management solution, VNF lifecycle management, Service Function Chaining capacity and an optimized data plane enabling 10G line rate from VMs and Containers. It uses open and standard interfaces, making it completely hardware agnostic and fully portable, supporting interoperability for leading VNFs.
VNF Lifecycle Management and Service Function Chaining is done over a variety of northbound interfaces (NETCONF, REST, OpenStack and Docker) that either interface orchestration directly, or interface a control node in a central office or point-of-presence (PoP). With the variety of northbound interfaces, Enea NFV Access easily fits into existing networks and orchestration solutions, limiting the effort to virtualize network functions at the edge.