Advantech, Brocade, Gigaspaces, Saguna and Vasona Networks to Demonstrate Mobile Edge Computing (MEC) Advanced Service Delivery Proof of Concept at MEC Congress

advantechMunich – 12 September 2016 – Advantech, Brocade, GigaSpaces, Saguna and Vasona Networks announced today they will showcase a joint advanced service delivery proof of concept (PoC) in the first ETSI MEC PoC ZONE at the MEC Congress in Munich Sept. 20-22. The proposal was previously accepted by ETSI’s Industry Specification Group for Mobile Edge Computing (ISG MEC).

The joint MEC PoC, “Multi-Service MEC Platform for Advanced Service Delivery,” showcases a single unified infrastructure, NFV-O and cloud orchestration systems. It demonstrates the ability to support multiple MEC platforms and applications residing on shared and common computing infrastructure, each providing a unique value-add on traffic traversing the platform.

Traffic is dynamically routed to select MEC platforms and then MEC applications provide data analytics, traffic optimization and network functions. The system leverages flexible service function chaining to enhance subscriber experience and operator visibility into network characteristics.


“As MEC gets standardized, it is important to demonstrate a viable MEC platform architecture, including how applications and services can utilize the platform,” said Kevin Shatzkamer, chief technology officer of mobile networking, Brocade.  “This PoC demonstrates the viability and capabilities of MEC while creating a feedback loop into the standardization process that is based on real-world MEC deployments.”


Brocade’s multi-vendor, multi-application MEC platform allows both VNFs and cloud services to be instantiated and delivered.  The platform includes MEC User Plane functionality as defined in the 3GPP documentation as well as the development of MEC APIs between platforms, orchestration software and infrastructure.

Vasona Network’s edge application controller, SmartAIR®, takes a holistic approach to addressing mobile network data traffic contention that occurs in each cell, monitoring every application that demands bandwidth. A new SmartAIR Edge Services Platform is a standard-based MEC software layer that runs on NFV- infrastructure (NFVI) available from third-party partners and supports customers’ network and business agility in support of radio access network (RAN) transformation initiatives.

Saguna Open-RAN is an advanced MEC platform that creates an open ecosystem for running MEC applications inside the Radio Access Network (RAN), in close proximity to mobile users. The ETSI MEC standard-based solution enables mobile operators to quickly and effectively deploy new revenue generating services for the Internet-of-things (IoT), tactile Internet, virtual probes, content delivery and enterprise applications.

Cloudify, delivered by GigaSpaces, is a global orchestrator that onboards the many components that comprise an MEC architecture to any VIM, including configuration of the different parts, using multiple protocols including Netconf and REST.  Based on TOSCA, Cloudify is the only open-source orchestrator with multi-VIM support, serving as the NFV-O and VNFM in the ETSI architecture, for MEC service onboarding, deployment, and ongoing monitoring and maintenance all through a single pane of glass.  There is a growing trend of distributed local edge MEC-based applications that will require management and orchestration, and Cloudify was built to power this revolution.

Advantech’s PAC-6009 is a versatile and scalable NFV platform, which makes it easier to deploy the same Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) that are used in the data center or core, at the radio edge of the mobile network. The PAC-6009 Packetarium XLc Carrier Grade Blade Server brings together the IT and networking features of both the Intel® Xeon® processor E5-2600 v4 and Intel® Xeon® processor D-1500 product families with its high availability and NEBS-compliant design principles. The combination of a scale out NFV platform with carrier grade features not only helps to implement service elasticity, it also helps to speed up NFV roll outs by addressing locations where commodity data center gear cannot be installed and operated.

Please visit our joint ‘Multi-Service MEC Platform for Advanced Service Delivery’ system in the ETSI PoC zone during the MEC Congress, 21-22 September in Munich. To find out more about this PoC, please visit the ETSI MEC Wiki.


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