Technical white paper

IT infrastructure manageability for telco networks

Introduction

Communications service providers (CSPs) have historically sourced their network equipment from network equipment providers (NEPs). However, these systems were closed and proprietary forcing vendor lock-in for CSPs. New paradigm shift technologies, such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) where software is disaggregated from hardware and telecommunication workloads are deployed onindustry-standard servers, promise lower costs and flexibility in vendor choices.
The industry-standard servers and their manageability frameworks evolved to be deployed in homogeneous enterprise data centers. The same industry servers are used to deploy telecom workload such as Virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC) and Virtual IP Multimedia Subsystem (vIMS) in telco data centers.
Most existing data center infrastructure manageability solutions are closed, monolithic, and do not scale. Hewlett Packard Enterprise has developed an open, scalable, hierarchical infrastructure manageability architecture to support the current and future needs of CSPs for emerging use cases such as 5G and Mobile Edge Computing (MEC).