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Digital Carbon Cloud Edge Platform is a solution which combines SD-WAN with Edge Compute driven by a self-service portal. Giving you the control to deploy any app to any Edge when you need it. Together with the built-in SD-WAN it provides your edge apps and end-users reliable and optimized connectivity back to your datacenter’s, remote sites and any cloud such as Microsoft Azure, AWS or Google Cloud.
The Digital Carbon Cloud Director self-service portal has an App Catalogue with a vast collection of commercially available VNFs. You can quickly deploy an edge appliance with just one click. You can also upload your own in-house VMs, Apps, or Containers to the App Catalogue for easy deployment to the Edge whenever you need them.
There is a spectrum of cloud computing today. At one end are the massive and centralized data centers utilized by the web scale operators and public cloud providers such as Azure, AWS or GCP. At the other end is the tiny computer in your smart phone. The diagram on the left shows this range of deployments.
Digital Carbon Cloud Edge Platform provides solutions which are focused on the Customer Edge or Customer Premises Equipment (CPE). The drivers for these applications or Virtual Network Functions (VNF) and how they differ from centralized clouds are listed below.
uCPE is a classic example of edge computing. By using generic compute at the customer edge, our customers have the power to replace or chain communications applications (routers, firewalls, SD-WAN, load-balances, etc.) with software applications (VNFs) running on standard open hardware. And even better, you can change the functions in real-time as your requirements change. Want to add a firewall to your managed SD-WAN service? Go to the Digital Carbon Cloud Director Portal and add it!
This is one of the main reasons why Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) was invented back in 2012. To move from a closed single-function application to an open cloud-centric architecture. Doing so enabling competition, cost reduction, flexibility to deploy best-of-breed components, and faster innovation. It shifted some of the power from the suppliers over to the consumers and cloud functionality to the edge of the networks.
The virtualized model means a radical reduction in the cost to deploy a new service. A unit can be shipped to an end user and service turned up without a technician on site. A uCPE can be equipped with an LTE or 5G interface, enabling service activation even when there is no wireline connectivity. This model even opens the door to try-before-you-buy offerings at your own premises with activation within a few seconds.
Our customers realize that Edge Computing and uCPE have matured to the point where it can be the basis for innovative services. These users can start today with a solution that’s upgradeable to support tomorrow’s innovation. They can start with Remote Access then migrate to SD-WAN and then later to SASE. Or begin with custom VMs and transition to containers. This flexibility is in strong contrast to a hardware-centric approach where every innovation involves rip-and-replace and a new deployment cycle.
Users of cloud data centres assume their workloads can run anywhere, and latency is not a major consideration. In contrast, some applications especially those linked to IoT have strict limits on latency. With Digital Carbon Cloud Edge Platform you are able to move these workloads to the edge within the uCPE together with other VNFs.
When customers deploy a new hardware solution it is usually tied to CAPEX costs of the hardware including the physical installation and licenses for the software. With the Digital Carbon Cloud Edge Platform, you only need to install the uCPE once and when your software license ends you can migrate to a new solution within seconds from the comfort of your desk without changing the underlying hardware proving you with time and CAPEX savings.
Selecting the right hardware might depend on cost, CPU cores, interface, power, 5G options – or in this case availability. Taking an open approach with uCPE means that you have options for mitigating supply chain disruptions. Your preferred hardware might not be available because of disruptions due to weather, earthquakes, political unrest, disease or shortage in semiconductors. If your initial hardware choice is unavailable, you can select a similar replacement – without changing your software partners or your operational procedures. It may not be an overnight change, but it’s easier than replacing one closed application with another. We are even seeing our customers move existing deployments from closed appliances to VNFs hosted on uCPE for this reason alone.
Which includes the uCPE from a variety of 3rd party vendors with a high-performing hosting platform (Hypervisor). The software solution provides the operation features for deploying edge VNFs at a pay-as-you-go billing model.
A centralized cloud platform which provides virtualized infrastructure and management of the Edge platforms. It also holds a catalogue of Apps and VNFs available for deployment.
A number of SaaS applications with easy-to-use user interfaces to orchestrate and manage your On-Premises Edges and VNFs. This includes the Digital Carbon Cloud Director to deploy and enable new VNFs from the App Catalogue including your own custom workloads.
Together with our partners, we have ensembled one of the largest catalogues of commercially available VNFs. All these are available via the Digital Carbon Cloud Director management portal and ready to be deployed in seconds. The list below shows a recent sample of VNFs. But the list is always growing, and customers can also onboard their own VNFs themselves.
Much of the value of Digital Carbon Cloud Edge Platform resides in the ability to use a wide variety of uCPEs. This includes uCPE from multiple vendors using a wide range of x86 CPUs, from low-end Intel Atom to multi-socket Xeon CPUs. The list below shows a recent snapshot of our most popular devices, and we are adding new models all the time.