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.