Alef Private Edge Features

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Zero Dependency on the Operator
Reduce Cloud and Bandwidth Costs
Improve Productivity
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No matter the size of your Enterprise, you can take control of your Network and Applications. We have the software for you.
Key for Edge Computing

For SD-ME architecture to be functional – a mobile access layer (like LTE or WiFi), a Data Center, hardware and software are necessary. Alef is the software provider in this value chain and has the entire software stack to build the Edge Internet using SD-ME. Alef’s SD-ME software stack can be divided into 3 layers – Mobility and Gateway, Cloud and the Application Enablement.

CUPS – At Every Layer

Each one of the software layers – Mobility, Cloud and Application Enablement – follows Software defined principles. Alef has implemented CUPS (Control plane User Plane Separation) in addition to CDPS (Control Plane Data Plane Separation). The control plane is centralized while the user and/or data planes are localized. This is implemented in every layer of Alef’s software stack – gateway, cloud and application.

Hardware Abstraction

Hardware abstraction is critical to achieve independence from any specific hardware provider. While there is a slight performance penalty for moving away from deploying SD-ME directly on bare metal and over a virtualized or containerized Cloud native environment, abstracting the hardware layer allows Alef to deploy its software on Bare Metal as a Service (BMaaS) environments in both Micro and Metro Edge Data Centers.

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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.

Full Application Development Environment

Alef’s vision is to create a completely programmable open API software stack at every layer to allow developers to take advantage of the powerful SD-ME environment it has created. Alef has connectors and services available for developers to port their applications over to the SD-ME stack to take advantage of the power of the Edge. In the future, Alef will provide a full network services and application development environment or plugins to existing ones.

Improve Productivity

Enable your workforce to take advantage of your Digital Enterprise.
100% Automation

Automation is vital to quickly deploying Alef’s software stack and onboarding Enterprise customers. We pride ourselves in fully automating the installation of software into the virtualized Edge compute environment. We automate the creation of the virtual machines and or containers through our centralized controller, and make available for installers a UI that makes it easy for any installation team to merely execute a Shell script to perfect the installation. We refer to this set of automation rules as Installation 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.

Take it Anywhere

Your workforce is on the move. Enable your applications and employees to take advantage of that.
Mobility

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.

Roaming

Alef’s Software Defined Mobile Edge 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.

Orchestration

Application constancy refers to the user’s application state being stored and resumed as the user moves from one Private Edge site to another. This is referred to as Edge Orchestration, another of Alef’s core value propositions and product differentiators. Edge Orchestration requires maintaining the user’s application state and refers to the movement of microservices with the user. It is mobility management at the application layer, i.e. maintaining session and application states across Edge sites. Mobile Devices connect to multiple Private Edge sites at the same time.