Technical white paper

HPE Edgeline EL8000 Converged Edge Systems for telecommunications and media edge

Definition, use cases, and requirements of telecommunications and media edge

Ever growing demand for connectivity services and promise of new business models drive massive technological transformations in telecommunication industry. One of the key recent technical trends, enabling highest network flexibility as well as new revenue streams for communication service providers, is decentralization of compute resources based on standard general-purpose x86 architectures and their deployment at the very edge of a telecommunication network, often referred to as edge compute or telecommunication edge.
Telecommunication edge infrastructure is critical enabler for number of key modern technological initiatives in telecommunication networks:

New core network architectures (CUPS, 5G network slicing, and distributed core)

In the 5G world, a network should be ready to serve traffic with very diverse and dynamically changing signaling versus payload profiles - ever increasing throughput requirements as well as the growing need for lower latency. With that in mind, new architectures of core network have emerged, where the user plane functions of packet core (for example, S/PGW-U, UPF) are decoupled from signaling functions and have moved from fixed centralized location closer to the edge of the network.