SOLUTION OVERVIEW FOR 5G NETWORKS
DriveNets Network Cloud changes the way networks are built. A single architecture serves all network scenarios. This architecture allows mobile network operators to scale their 5G core, backhaul and RAN domains based on a single software architecture, leveraging its elasticity and cloud-native architecture.
Higher performance
Networking-optimized processing
Elasticity
Cloud-native services and architecture
Wireless-Wireline Convergence
Single infrastructure for all services and network domains
Description

5G holds great business potential for operators: Creating new services, new revenue streams and enhancing competitiveness.

The 5G network buildout, however, poses several challenges for those operators.
The main challenges are around performance and scaling. This is due to the extremely fast ramp-up expected for 5G traffic, alongside the fact that the 5G core and RAN can be cloud-native and run network functions over servers and other compute instances.

Operators need to make sure that their user-plane functions can accommodate the required capacity and latency performance and can scale in a way that makes business sense (i.e., with a reasonable footprint, box count etc.)

The DriveNets Network Cloud solution offers the unique capability for abstracting both networking and compute hardware resources into a shared resource pool that could be used by a variety of network functions, sharing the same hardware cluster.

This allows operators to leverage a unified infrastructure for all 5G domains: 5G core, 5G IP backhaul and 5G RAN, as well as fixed network domains while achieving higher performance, elasticity and convergence.

5G-diagram

Main Features & Benefits

DriveNets Network Cloud accommodates both routing functions and 5G core/RAN functions over the same infrastructure, leveraging:

  • Hyper-scalability: 4Tbps to 768Tbps over a single router-instance with 100GigE and 400GigE interfaces.
  • Elastic growth: efficient scalability with data plane scale granularity in steps of 4Tbps – from one white box router to hundreds of white boxes-based router. With substantially simpler operations.
  • Accelerated performance: Running user-plane functions over a networking-optimized infrastructure (rather than a CPU-based one)
  • Multiservice and Wireless Wireline Convergence (WWC): Utilizing the same infrastructure for both wireless and wireline services and network functions
  • Networking Slicing: Easily port and duplicated network functions for different network slices.
  • Cell Site optimization: A single box for all cell site functions (DCSG, CU, DU etc.)
  • URLLC: Port 5G network function to the edge, for lower latency
Operational Benefits
  • Simplified operations with unified building blocks, orchestration and management
    •  Zero-Touch Provisioning (ZTP)
    • Automated life-cycle management for seamless upgrades, health management and more.
  • Higher visibility, for management and diagnostics, from hardware component level to software container, with distributed fabric.
  • Significant reduction in total cost of ownership via lower cost hardware and more efficient software architecture.
  • Future proof, open standard, cloud-native architecture:
    • OCP DDC-compliant hardware
    • Data and control planes disaggregation
    • Microservice architecture
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