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RAD Announces vAccess, a Service Delivery & Assurance VNF for vCPE
RAD, the industry pioneer of network edge virtualization, today introduced vAccess, a new addition to its comprehensive vCPE Toolbox, which allow Service Providers to roll out vCPE services today. vAccess allows immediate deployment of value added SDN/NFV-based services over any access. It is part of RAD’s Service Assured Access solutions, designed to help service providers evolve any service over any network and easily migrate to NFV/SDN edge virtualization. vAccess upgrades any white box operating system to carrier-grade level by adding VNF assurance capabilities and, when combined with RAD’s pluggable physical network functions (P-PNFs), adds missing network capabilities such as CE2.0 demarcation (with RAD’s MiNID) and interfaces such as xDSL, PON and legacy TDM.
White boxes may be general purpose, low-cost and easy to commoditize, but they lack many OAM functions and connectivity options that cannot always be virtualized, yet are still required by operators. RAD’s vAccess bridges these gaps by supplementing universal CPEs (uCPEs) with universal access, enhanced performance monitoring and diagnostics, legacy TDM service support, and 1588 timing synchronization. All of this is offered on a modular “plug-where-needed” basis.
“vAccess allows operators to get on the SDN/NFV bandwagon today. They can benefit from white boxes’ cost savings while providing any virtualized service, such as vSD-WAN, vRouter, and vEncryption over whatever access infrastructure they have installed,” says Ilan Tevet, VP Marketing and Business Development at RAD.
“RAD is committed to deliver on the original promise of NFV and SDN – to allow service providers true freedom in selecting the best solutions that fit their needs and avoid vendor lock-in,” adds Tevet.
vAccess is already in use by a Tier 1 operator in North America. There it is helping extend the uCPE solution beyond fiber access to provide a consistent portfolio of services – even over traditional TDM circuits, which still make up 20 to 30 percent of deployments, especially in rural sites.
vAccess will be showcased in a live demo during the MPLS+SDN+NFV World event in Paris April 11-13.
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