Telefonica, Brocade Run Performance Benchmark Tests for vEPC on COTS

Telefonica, Brocade Run Performance Benchmark Tests for vEPC on COTS Image Credit: Brocade

Telefonica and Brocade have completed performance benchmark testing for a virtual EPC (vEPC) implementation within the Telefonica NFV Reference Lab framework.

The test results demonstrate that Brocade vEPC built on top of its Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solution platform enables service providers to build agile networks that quickly scale to match the performance demands of new services, said Brocade.

The Brocade vEPC, running on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel®-based x86 servers in Telefonica's standardized reference test environment, was benchmarked with a broad mix of mobile traffic loads to measure both user plane and control plane performance. 

Telefonica's standardized NFV Reference Lab enables the deployment of complex network scenarios using Telefonica's OpenMANO stack.

Brocade claims that its vEPC achieved user data processing rates in excess of 8.5 million packets per second(Mpps) while serving 2 million simultaneous bearers at a rate greater than 7,000 bearer activations per second, the highest values seen by Telefonica for the reference test environment.

Nishi Kant, vice president of mobile networking at Brocade
The Brocade VCM solution is architected to take maximum advantage of virtualization to meet performance requirements. The ability to quickly scale the control and user planes independently ensures agile and reliable operations.

Javier Gavilán, planning and technology director at Telefonica, Global CTO
The objective of the Brocade VCM benchmarking was to determine stability and capacity across a wide range of packet sizes while operating in Telefonica's standard test environment.

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