EMC Announces Its New NFVI Reference Architecture, EMC Provider Cloud System

EMC has announced its new EMC Provider Cloud System (PCS), a software-defined Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) reference architecture designed to enable communications service providers (CSPs) to deliver distributed, multi-service, carrier-grade cloud solutions quickly and economically.

Communications service providers are finding ways to bundle telecom services with newer services like streaming media and public cloud hosting to generate incremental revenue and increase customer loyalty. According to EMC, to compete in this new world, these providers would need a platform enabling them to rapidly build and deliver new services with a minimum of operating expense and maximum speed.

EMC Provider Cloud System would deliver carrier-grade availability and reliability, blending automation, programmability, and predictive analytics to support “next-generation” workloads. EMC’s PCS reference architecture is based on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) industry standards and is designed to leverage technologies from VMware.

The EMC Provider Cloud System reference architecture is available now through EMC professional services and EMC sales representatives.

emc cloud computing“By embedding carrier grade platform composition within a dynamic cloud infrastructure, the EMC Provider Cloud reference architecture provides the proven reliability operators need to guarantee quality of service for their end customers,” said Michael Sullivan-Trainor, Executive Analyst, Telecom, Technology Business Research. “While the telecom industry has struggled to shape the cloud to look and act like a telecom network, EMC‘s new solution demonstrates the fulfillment of critical requirements that can be realized in the cloud with all the economics and speed to market value it provides.”

Big Data, Analytics

Comprised of an NFVI layer, advanced data and security services, and a management and orchestration layer, the EMC PCS would make it possible to deliver traditional and “next-generation” telecommunication services, and to use Big Data and analytics for communications service providers to optimize operations and create new revenue opportunities.

Underpinning EMC PCS is a modular NFVI stack that can scale from a single node to large distributed environments. This scalability is enabled by software that can cluster server, storage and networking into a platform that hosts virtual network functions (VNFs).

VNFs include traditional telecommunications services, such as the software that implements cellular networks, co-existing side-by-side with nontraditional services, such as cloud hosting and media and content delivery. Carrier-grade availability is provided by management and orchestration software that would help ensure resiliency and six nines availability across the entire environment and by EMC’s disaster recovery and data protection technology.

EMC’s Provider Cloud System would deliver:

  • Choice – Providing flexibility with standard X86 hardware and integration with open standards and Application Programming Interface (API) instrumentation at all layers.
  • Agility – Management and orchestration software enables the provisioning of different NFVI personalities to support a variety of VNF workloads.
  • Intelligence – Big & Fast Data capabilities combine real-time intelligence with Data Lake technology to optimize network operations and unlock new use cases.
  • Automation – Advanced software services would provide the carrier-grade data protection and service assurance features that operators require.

“NFV and SDN are transforming the communications service provider network from a tactical data transport to a platform for innovation that is open, programmable, software-enabled, and utilizes COTS hardware,” said Michael Bushong, Vice President of Product Management, Software Networking, Brocade. “We’re excited to reinforce our strong strategic partnership with EMC to deliver critical virtual and physical network functions enabling carriers to provide disruptive New IP-based services.”