SOLUTION OVERVIEW FOR MSO/CABLE
DriveNets Network Cloud changes the way networks are built. A single architecture serves all network scenarios. This architecture allows MSO and cable operators to modernize their IP infrastructure into a converged networking architecture.
Converged Networking Architecture
A single architecture for all network scenarios
Hyper-scalable
Scale capacity and service offering, simply
Carrier grade
High availability solution
Description

MSO (Multiple Systems Operators) and cable providers experience significantly greater growth in their IP traffic. This growth is propelled by the growth in their broadband customer base, the move from classic HFC access networks to Fiber Deep HFC and to FTTx, and the introduction of IP-based linear and on-demand TV services, as an answer to the growing popularity of OTT services.

This calls for a revamp of the MSO IP network infrastructure, a process that calls for a paradigm change in how this network is built.

DriveNets Network Cloud addresses these challenges by building networks like cloud – scalable, elastic, cost-efficient and simple to manage.

Based on a distributed disaggregated chassis architecture, the Network Cloud solutions allows MSOs and cable operators to evolve their core, aggregation and edge network in a converged manner, without the limitations and constraints of past, monolithic architectures.

This architecture, which converges compute and networking resources, also enables MSOs to easily deploy CDN (Content Delivery Network) instances at the edge of their network, without the need for additional resources, hence optimize their move from broadcast linear programming to IP-based, unicast linear and VOD services.

Cable diagram

Features & Benefits
  • 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.
  • Optimized hardware and software for each networking plane via control & data plane separation, avoids monolithic router interdependencies and quality issues
  • High availability with built-in self-healing mechanisms, distributed architecture (no single point of failure).
  • Reuse of under-utilized resources for other network domains: For instance, core network under-utilize compute, TCAM and QoS resources which could be used in other network functionalities implemented on the same cluster
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.
  • Easily deployable in space, power-constrained hub locations and head end.
  • 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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