Pensando Systems, a channel-focused distributed computing platform powering software-defined cloud, compute, networking, storage and cybersecurity services, has received strategic funding from Qualcomm Ventures. It brings Pensando an investor with a deep understanding of 5G technologies and requirements.
“Pensando’s Distributed Services Platform enables running essential networking and security functions at the edge with high performance and low latency,” said Quinn Li, Senior Vice President of Qualcomm Technologies and Global Head of Qualcomm Ventures. “We are pleased to invest in Pensando to enable edge computing for enterprises and service providers, allowing them to fully realize the benefits of 5G.”
The Pensando Distributed Services Platform is designed to work in any environment. It would provide high-performance, low latency, scalable networking, cybersecurity and storage functions. It would provide always-on, end-to-end telemetry, and significantly simplify operations. The Pensando solution can be centrally managed via the Pensando Policy and Services manager enabling pervasive network visibility via hardware bi-directional flow streaming and traffic mirroring capabilities.
This centrally managed approach combined with very low power requirements would make it an ideal solution for 5G deployments, offering:
- Network slicing and best-in-class scale, latency, and jitter means lightning fast service
- Fully distributed firewall, load-balancing, and SDN services – along with centralized policy automation – enable the deployment of 5G services at scale
- Terminating and encrypting one billion IoT connections in only half a rack of servers
- Service providers can future proof with P4 programmability and support the development of new services and protocols
- Reduced capital expenditures and power consumption.
“Since we emerged from stealth a year ago, we’ve been working closely with a broad range of service providers to expand the capabilities of the Pensando platform for the 5G market,” said Prem Jain, CEO of Pensando Systems. “In addition to helping us scale our business, this investment from Qualcomm Ventures brings us an investor with a deep understanding of 5G technologies and requirements, as well as strong ecosystem relationships in every major market from healthcare to retail, automotive and manufacturing.”
The Pensando Distributed Services Platform would give service providers the ability to rapidly innovate and securely deploy new services at hyperscale. Pensando stated that the service provider market is going through a transition from predominantly purpose-built appliances to virtualization and containerization for network functions and services as a result of the rise of 5G. With the pressure to increase Average Revenue per User (ARPU) and the increase in network traffic, telco vendors would increasingly be looking for new solutions to increase performance, reduce latency, and control costs. Purpose built to offload critical services, the Pensando platform helps freeing up costly x86 CPU cycles for control functions, enhancing server scale, and increasing wireless coverage.