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Cloud Edge Fabric offers 5G speeds for distributed edge data centres

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Kaloom has released Cloud Edge Fabric (CEF) which features a Tbps 5G user plane function and integrated network slicing for fully automated edge data centre deployments.

The company claims that its latest software offering is the first fully automated data centre network fabric with native support for network slicing along with embedded 5G user plane function (UPF). Kaloom’s CEF, an edge data centre solution, is specifically designed for simultaneous 4G and 5G applications.

Service providers are under pressure to ensure that their networks efficiently deliver high throughput and avoid bottlenecks. Overcoming this challenge makes it the most critical piece for improving data centre application performance.

To address this demand, service providers are distributing their data centres at the edge to lower the latency and improve performance of their mission critical applications such as NFV, AR/VR, IoT and financial applications.

Sophisticated end-to-end network slicing is supported natively in the fabric with full tenant isolation down to the hardware level for better security. Network slicing is a key innovative aspect of 5G architectures that provides customers their own virtual network slice for better quality of experience.

“Our CEF solution was designed in collaboration with our customers and partners to address the key requirements for the cloud edge market, such as lowering latency and improving performance at a lower price. We believe that automation, unified VNF/CNF, programmability and network slicing will disrupt the way service providers deploy and manage cloud edge data centre,” commented Laurent Marchand, CEO at Kaloom.

Kaloom’s CEF complements the Kaloom Software Defined Fabric (SDF) which is more suited for large scale data centres. However, the same core attributes remain including programmability, automation, white box networking, data plane offloading and integration of virtual components such as vRouters, vSwitchs and vGWs.

The SDF is optimised on the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat Enterprise Linux to enable control and better support for Kubernetes environments. The CEF also supports sophisticated services chaining and in-band telemetry to improve overall networking efficiency. Hybrid 4G and 5G infrastructures can be supported with a unified VNF and CNF fabric architecture. Kaloom CEF and SDF on Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform and Red Hat OpenStack Platform can run network functions in virtual machines (VNFs) as well as hosting them in containers.

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