The Rethink Blog

Cloud-Native Continued

In last week’s post, we discussed what cloud-native really means. It has to be more than just using VMs to run code in the cloud or containers on switches. That does not make the software cloud-native. We pointed out that customers are realizing that it undermines their ability to get the benefits from the cloud. 

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The Need for True Cloud-native Software

From the beginning, Volta has taken a different approach to build our platform.  First, we completely disaggregated the control plane from the data plane.  This allowed us to run the processor and CPU-intensive functions in the cloud where that capacity is much less expensive and easily scalable. This works with a wide range of devices

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Zero Touch Provisioning

Volta’s current approach to Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) is based both on a pragmatic view of what can be done in today’s networks with existing equipment, and the goal of being able to support a “pizza box” style of deployment, where no expert technicians are needed on site when deploying new devices, and instead technicians

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Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report Part 3

We have looked at plans for disaggregation and implementing functional splits in Heavy Reading’s survey of operators. In this post, we want to look at issues that affect TCO and operations.  Operators were asked to rank their top factors motivating your organization to adopt disaggregated networking solutions. Faster innovation and flexibility in adopting the latest

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5G Evolution

5G transport will require a new router at the cell site. There are two main drivers. First will be the increase in the amount of bandwidth needed as cell sites expand and more radios are added. With the change to eCPRI, fronthaul gateways will no longer be required. Second, the router must be able to

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Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report Part 2

Previously, we looked at some of the data in Heavy Reading’s survey of network operators’ plans for disaggregation conducted in December 2020. Respondents had to work for a verifiable network operator and be involved in network planning and/or purchasing network equipment. There were 82 qualified participants that were counted in the results. Volta was pleased

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TeraFlow: next step in telecom operators’ quest for open, virtual, and automated networks

Legacy routers have been traditionally built with both data plane and control plane hosted in the same device, with data plane running in specialized ASICs hardware, and control plane running in an x86 architecture. This approach has historically enabled network operators to meet the capacity and feature requirements of their networks, but at a significant

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Heavy Reading Disaggregation Survey Report

Heavy Reading conducted a survey on network operators’ plan for disaggregation in December 2020. Respondents had to work for a verifiable network operator and be involved in network planning and/or purchasing network equipment. There were 82 qualified participants that were counted in the results. Volta was pleased to be a sponsor of this project and

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Toward True Self Driving Networks

5G networks require a significant increase in the number of cell sites as compared to their predecessors to support an enormous increase in the number of connected devices, from mobile phones to multitudes of IoT sensors. In addition, routing services are required in those locations to support the heterogeneous requirements in latency and bandwidth for

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Private Islands of 5G

Manufacturing is seen as a major vertical market for 5G services. Process control is time sensitive and therefore latency dependent. That makes for an ideal use case for edge computing combined with URLLC.  Sensor data is also common in large manufacturing environments as factory floors and large plants become more digitized.  5G was designed to

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