Big News Week: Rethinking Routing

Big News Week: Rethinking Routing

It is the beginning of the end of network operators being locked into expensive, proprietary routing technologies. The cloud-scale principles that disrupted the compute and storage markets a decade ago are finally impacting networking – and Volta is leading the way.

After working for the past three years on our technology, last week represented major milestones for the Volta team and the industry as its moves toward cloud-native virtual routing.


TIP DCSG Concept

First, at Mobile World Congress last week, the Telecom Infrastructure Project announced Volta as one of three software finalists for its Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway technical specification. This was based on an RFI issued by Vodafone (press release), TIM Brasil (press release) and Telefonica that they reviewed for solution architecture, functionality, scalability, availability and solution roadmap.

And then on Thursday, we announced details of our Volta Elastic Virtual Routing Engine (VEVRE), our virtual routing platform that delivers a massive improvement in routing for network operators:

By separating the control and data planes and leveraging the benefits of the cloud and white box switches built on Ethernet switching silicon, we are able to achieve order or magnitude cost savings, improved scalability and management not possible with proprietary routers or NOS appliances. We are also in testing with NTT, and our customer provided some good perspective on VEVRE’s benefits:

“With one of the largest networks in the world, we continually evaluate new technologies that can enhance the performance and economics of our network to better serve our customers. In our tests, Volta’s virtual routing technology was completely interoperable with our existing routers while delivering potentially significant cost reductions.”

Dorian Kim, VP of IP Engineering at NTT Communications Global IP Network

Finally, Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc. announced their expanded Smart xHaul transport solution which integrates Volta’s routing technology. This is noteworthy because it demonstrates how our approach enables routing to be integrated into a complete solution where legacy routers are not viable.

“The complete solution, offered in collaboration with ecosystem partners HFR and Volta Networks, enables 5G transport networks to coexist with legacy 4G Centralized Radio Access Network (C-RAN) systems. This advanced transport ecosystem offers an open, disaggregated, pay-as-you-go architecture for fast and efficient scaling to 5G services, while also lowering the transport service cost per bit.”

Read the full press release here.

To learn more about the Fujitsu Smart xHaul transport solution, visit Fujitsu at Booth #2539 at the OFC Conference and Exhibition, March 3-7, 2019, in San Diego.

We think this qualifies as a big news week for Volta. We’d like to thank the partners, customers and network operators that have been influential in helping us test, trial and shape our VEVRE platform.