FPGAs Become the De Facto Platform for Network Disaggregation

There are many forms of disaggregation, but true network disaggregation means that each network function is run on a standard server with open-stack software. Network function virtualization (NFV), which is one aspect of network disaggregation, makes the network scalable and flexible, without becoming locked-in to a given vendor.

It is easy to see the benefits of NFV for 5G, as a virtualized network is more agile and costs less up-front. However, NFV comes with some challenges as well. For one thing, the transition from a rigid network structure is not trivial, which is why very few operators are fully committing to NFV at this point. Furthermore, NFV can add latency, which is a complete no-go for 5G.

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET) is a leading provider of networking and security software solutions on Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs), incorporated into SoCs, SmartNICs, and network appliances. Ethernity was founded in 2004 and has its technology deployed in over 600K systems worldwide, connecting over 100M end users. 

Click to view all articles for the EPIC:
Or click to view the full company profile:
Share on facebook
Facebook
Share on twitter
Twitter
Share on linkedin
LinkedIn
Ethernity Networks plc

More articles like this

Ethernity Networks plc

ENET Wireless Backhaul Solution

As service providers are rapidly upgrade their infrastructure, moving from 1Gbps demarcation to 10G and even 100G connections at the network edge, the cost of laying new fiber to handle the transmission is prohibitive. New, intelligent wireless capabilities

Ethernity Networks plc

Operators will continue to invest in 4G

It seems all we hear about these days is 5G. However, the changeover to 5G networks will not happen overnight. It is a long, involved process that includes operators replacing pretty much their entire infrastructure.  The 5G that

Ethernity Networks plc

Telecom in a COVID world

It has now been about a year since COVID-19 began wreaking havoc. Any discussion of COVID-19 vis a vis the telecom industry is trivial in comparison to the loss and devastation that the virus has brought to so

Ethernity Networks plc

Ethernity Networks receives $2m in customer orders from Tarana

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET), a leading supplier of data processing offload solutions on programmable FPGA (field programmable gate array) hardware for accelerating telco/cloud networks, has announced that further to its RNS of 6 April 2021, it has now

Ethernity Networks plc

Ethernity Networks 5G DU solution shortlisted for GLOMO award

Ethernity Networks Ltd (LON:ENET), a leading supplier of data processing offload solutions on programmable FPGA (field programmable gate array) hardware for accelerating telco/cloud networks, has announced that its 5G DU Aggregation and vRouting on FPGA SmartNIC solution has

Ethernity Networks plc

What Service Providers look for in a SmartNIC

SmartNICs, as you might imagine, are network interface cards (NICs) with a brain. This brain can be a CPU, FPGA, or ASIC chip, but whatever the case, it allows the SmartNIC to offload processing that would otherwise be

Ethernity Networks plc

How operators can pace their 5G UPF investments

At this point in the 5G rollout, it’s safe to say that most providers are satisfied with the capacity of their UPF (User Plane Functionality) software. As the primary data processing platform between the Radio Access Network and