ECI's Mercury NFVi platform and uCPE solution converges multiple customer premises networking functions onto an elastic, software-configurable platform. Moreover, ECI's uCPE enables service providers to combine networking functions flexibly in innovative ways to create value-added service mixes. The sophisticated network processing capabilities of Mellanox Indigo are included as an integral part of the NFV Infrastructure to further enhance the performance of virtualized network functions, especially those in need of guaranteed throughput, packet rate, low latency and minimum jitter to achieve superior service-level agreements (SLA). Compared to ordinary platforms, the ECI-Mellanox joint solution can deliver agile service creation in a much more cost-effective fashion with enhanced total infrastructure efficiency, and reduced deployment footprint.
"NFV architectures hold great promise for service providers, offering the benefits of agility and elasticity of cloud-based virtual network functions", stated Hayim Porat, CTO at ECI. "However current NFV infrastructure offerings are not effective for carriers who are under pressure to both increase efficiencies and reduce costs. The ECI-Mellanox joint solution enables service providers to benefit from the flexibility of Cloud-based VNFs while taking advantage of price/performance efficiency that is superior to hardware appliances."
"Virtual CPE is an important NFV use case that can deliver significant operational cost savings as well as improved deployment agility", stated Dror Goldenberg vice president, software architecture, Mellanox Technologies. "As service providers move beyond the PoC phase and into production vCPE deployment, performance and efficiency are becoming top criteria during the evaluation phase of a solution. The Mellanox-ECI joint vCPE solution not only delivers the industrys highest network application performance with optimized price-performance that enhances vCPE flexibility, efficiency and scalability but it also enables security/crypto acceleration such as IPSEC."
The platforms are being demonstrated in Barcelona, Spain, at the Mobile World Congress 2017, February 27 - March 3, 2017. ECI will also be hosting an events theater where customers can learn more about how ECI bridges the gap between current networking architecture and future networking needs.