Artesyn Announces MaxCore Platform for SDN/NFV and Carrier Cloud

Helps operators manage the cost of OTT video and optimize their networks for WebRTC, VoLTE

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Artesyn Embedded Technologies, a global leader in telecom, network and cloud infrastructure platform solutions, today launched the MaxCoreT carrier cloud platform, which enables providers of networking equipment, and communications and cloud services to create NFV/SDN appliances quickly and easily using industry-standard hardware and software building blocks. The versatile MaxCore architecture enables operators to create either massively dense single-function appliances or to deploy multiple independent virtual network functions (VNFs) on a single platform, or multiple 'clouds-in-a-box'. The combination of a dense, versatile hardware platform and Artesyn's Silver LiningT enabling software can help operators reduce the cost of handling over-the-top (OTT) video in their networks and increase the profitability and efficiency of real-time communications, including WebRTC and VoLTE.

A single 3U MaxCore platform, fully configured with Artesyn SharpStreamerT add-in acceleration cards, is capable of supporting up to 616 streams of 1080p HD video, which equals over 200 streams per rack unit. Comparable server platforms claim between 90 and 110 HD video streams per rack unit, while the industry average using standard rack mount servers is 5.54 streams per rack unit[1]. For speech transcoding, measured by G.711 to G.729 sessions, a typical standard server can support up to 4,600 per rack unit versus 31,000 per rack unit in a MaxCore platform, or 93,000 for the complete 3U system. While standard rack mount servers are ideal for smaller scale density requirements, Artesyn's MaxCore platform is optimized for hosted cloud and high density deployments. Combined with a significant reduction in floor space and power consumption, the density and flexibility of the Artesyn MaxCore platform makes it the most cost-effective, scale-out infrastructure for video transcoding with 14 times the performance density when compared to 1U servers, up to 75 percent lower equipment cost, and over 90 percent lower power and cooling cost.

"The modern microserver or small-bladed high-performance computing system has been dominated to date by the kind of dedicated appliances that our customers have told us they want to move away from," said Linsey Miller, director of server acceleration marketing, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. "The new MaxCore platform brings the first open, standards-based option of its kind to developers of NFV/SDN solutions for carrier cloud deployments. Combined with Silver Lining software, Artesyn's solutions now scale from the edge to the core of operator networks across multiple compute and media processing offerings with support for OpenFlow for SDN and OpenStack for NFV, enabling service providers to run ePC, firewall/security, DPI, session border and OTT video virtual applications on common scalable hardware."

Housed in a 3U rack-mountable enclosure and designed for deployment in carrier-grade infrastructure, Artesyn's MaxCore platform can help reduce the capital and operating expense of deploying cloud infrastructure, while allowing it to scale as needed. The server platform can accommodate up to 15 add-in cards, flexibly configured for either processing cards or networking IO cards, and connected without cables for high performance and simple configuration.

[1] Data based upon Frost and Sullivan's 2014 Global Media and Entertainment Video Transcoding Market report. Using average cost per server ($6200) and dividing by average cost per stream ($1119) resulting in an average of 5.54 streams per rack unit.

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