Cisco announces that its Cisco Quantum™ Virtualized Packet Core (Quantum vPC), a software solution of the new Cisco Evolved Services Platform that virtualizes key capabilities of the Cisco® Aggregation Services Router (ASR) 5000 Series, has passed portability testing with Berlin-based European Advanced Networking Test Center (EANTC).
The thorough EANTC functionality tests involved LTE (4G) and 3G radio-access technologies using IPv4 and IPv6 and simulating the equivalent of 10,000 end users. The EANTC tests confirmed that the virtualized and physical evolved packet core (EPC) solution that supports the same features and functions as the Cisco Quantum vPC is completely hypervisor and hardware independent. The tests also confirmed that the Cisco Quantum vPC uses the same management software and interface that supports integrated services, such as network address translation, firewall and deep packet inspection.
Unveiling this at the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2014, Cisco adds, the EANTC also confirmed that the same LTE (4G) and 3G calls that are supported by the Cisco ASR 5000 Series are also supported by the virtual implementation and verified that functions such as high availability with session recovery, deep packet inspection and firewall/ network address translation worked as expected in the Cisco Unified Computing System™-based virtual implementation.
"With all the discussions about virtualization in the industry these days, it is nice to see a vendor ready for independent verification,” said Carsten Rossenhövel, EANTC managing director. “We were able to verify Cisco’s claims that their new virtualized packet core is based on the same Cisco StarOS code and provides the same look and feel as their Cisco ASR 5000 Series.”
“Creating federal LTE network in Russia, Osnova Telecom uses the most modern and effective solutions. We consider Cisco ASR 5000 Series as one of the most robust and elastic programmable network platforms available today. We trust Cisco and know that its packet core technologies work. We do not have to do a forklift upgrade to install the Cisco Quantum Virtualized Packet Core solution, which ensures that we have the ability to launch next-generation 4G LTE and provide high quality of service to our customers,” saidMikhail Petrov, CEO, Osnova Telecom.
“Our Security and Defense Market is willing to leverage 4G technology to bring advanced applications to the field and improve operational efficiency. Nexium Wireless, Thales 4G mission-critical solution, delivers adapted 4G services to our customers with the right level of resilience and security. Nexium Wireless resilient [innovative] architecture is powered by Cisco Premium Mobile Broadband Solution. Partnering with Cisco has enabled Thales with a unique opportunity to bring the LTE technology quickly to the security and defense markets,” said Jean-Michel Lagarde, SVP, deputy, Secure Communications & Information Systems, Thales.