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Alef EdgeNet Foundations
SD-ME is easy to implement.
- The Edge site software stack being installed in a cloud neutral, cloud native environment on common off-the-shelf hardware, and providing both network functions as well as application functions.
- The virtual machines/containers being installed in a Central site in a similar cloud-native environment in the Cloud. These Central site virtual machines perform functions related to the all-important Control plane for the user and session management.
- Cloud services that compliment applications running on the Edge. These services are installed in a Cloud environment, representing the Control plane for the application layer.
The Edge is no exception, in order for an entire class of developers to adopt the Edge and write applications to it, SD-ME must present an open architecture and provide an open framework for programmers to develop and deploy applications for pervasive consumption.
SD-ME is no exception, and at first glance, given the distributed nature of the Edge Internet, one may be led to the conclusion that Enterprises may be opening ourselves to new points of attacks and potentially a new class of vulnerabilities. Thankfully, given the “Edge First” approach and SD-ME being a parallel connected universe to the Internet, systems security of SD-ME is simpler.
Alef EdgeNet has been abstracted from the hardware layer and runs in a virtualized environment on standard commodity hardware.
SD-ME traffic integration ensures traffic from Enterprise access networks is automatically integrated using the link from the Enterprise to the Micro Edge DC.
Automation scripts deploy and provision Alef EdgeNet software on the standard off-the-shelf hardware in a completely automated fashion, whether in a Micro or Metro Edge location
Alef EdgeNet easily integrates into the Micro DC switching environment, so policy-based routing and virtual routing functions can be deployed in order to process incoming Enterprise traffic.
Alef EdgeNet can take in traffic from any generation of cellular networks be it 2G, 3G, 4G, 5G, and WiFi.
5G Networks Now
Enterprises can take advantage of ultra-low latency and ultra-high-definition applications by deploying Alef EdgeNet on a 4G network enabling 5G Enterprise applications to be deployed.
WiFi networks within enterprises, campuses and venues generate a ginormous amount of uplink traffic requests, which can be easily processed at the Edge by SD-ME and served locally.
By hosting applications locally, or even peering to them through local breakout, Enterprises can save thousands of dollars from broadband costs.
Our SD-ME Platform Accelerates Digital Transformation
- Key for Edge Computing
- CUPS - At Every Layer
- Hardware Abstraction
- Full Application Development Environment
- 100% Automation
- Cloud Application Continuity
For an Enterprise already committed to and using Cloud applications in a multi Cloud environment that includes AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, Salesforce Cloud and others, having application availability from the Origin or Hyper Cloud is critical. Alef provides an onramp to the Hypercloud through local breakout of wireless traffic directly to a peering location at an IXP located in a Metro Edge Data Center. This is a core SD-ME capability that Alef provides Enterprises to protect the latter’s investments in current Cloud applications as well as to provide maximum application performance. This results in bandwidth savings as such traffic is managed and served locally with high SLAs, as opposed to using expensive leased lines to reach the Hyper cloud.
Companies have created a virtualization and containerization environment called Software-Defined Data Center (SDCC), have made it easy for SD-ME companies such as Alef to deploy software on top of Cloud native functionality using either their Hypervisor or Kubernetes layer. While a certain degree of miniaturization of the SDDC layer in Micro Edge locations does provide some Cloud native functionality and services to Enterprises and deployers of SDDC, merely having some SDDC functionality on a bare metal compute layer is insufficient to unleash the power and promise of the Edge. This is where Alef’s Software Defined Mobile Edge comes in and provides the software layers of network and mobility services as well as Application layer functionality to deploy new and existing Edge applications. Mobility is an important capability to ensure Private Network users can easily cross over and “roam” into other Private Networks with full guest privileges, as well as into Macro/public carrier networks, and continue to have their Edge services available. We refer to this constancy as Edge Roaming, and we bring this level of innovation to the Edge.
Proper coordination between different Edge Cloud instances is critical to ensure the user has a smooth experience with regard to session handoffs as he/she traverses across the Private Network and crosses over into an adjoining Private Network or into a Macro Public network. This is referred to Edge Mobility. Session handoff is critical so the Edge compute session can continue uninterrupted. Edge Roaming is the ability for a user to roam outside his/her immediate Private Network into another Private Network tethered to the same neutral host ePC or into a Public Network also tethered to the same neutral host ePC and part of a Roaming marketplace. With Edge Roaming, a user will be registered as a guest in these guest networks and have Edge compute and application resources available. This requires accessing the user’s traffic on 3GPP interfaces such as S1 and S8, which is part of Alef’s innovation.