Deploy multi-site clouds faster and easier with CPLANE NETWORKS and Canonical JuJu Charms

Deploy multi-site clouds faster and easier with CPLANE NETWORKS and Canonical JuJu Charms

Multi-site OpenStack clouds are quickly becoming the new norm for service providers and enterprises. Whether they’re mega-scale cloud centers for secure multi-tenant services, network-edge pods for value-added service chains, or micro-sites for mobile-edge applications, these clouds have one thing in common. Deploying them is now a lot easier, faster and less expensive. CPLANE NETWORKS is leveraging Canonical’s JuJu Charms to streamline OpenStack cloud deployment, trimming the time to revenue from days and weeks down to minutes.

Canonical and CPLANE are transforming the deployment and management of cloud orchestration and software-defined networking:

  • Canonical MaaS (Metal as a Service) deploys bare metal cloud infrastructure in minutes
  • JuJu Charms deploys and auto-scales OpenStack to handle dynamic demands for capacity and performance
  • CPLANE’s Dynamic Virtual Networks – Data Center (DVNd) and Multi-Site Manager (MSM) bring production-grade orchestration of secure, multi-site, multi-tenant OpenStack clouds with seamless network integration and connectivity
  • New service templates and personas (e.g., combining containers with VMs) can be quickly modeled and packaged for operational agility – with consistency
  • The combination of Canonical and CPLANE presents a new paradigm for customer and application-centric workload placement

CPLANE’s DVNd and MSM are now available in the JuJu Charms Store, along with our high-performance Open vSwitch and control agent, and our lightweight gateway offered as a virtualized network function. Contact us if you’d like to learn how the combination of Canonical and CPLANE can accelerate your cloud strategy!


Putting the “platform” in Multi-Access Edge Computing

We recently announced our participation in the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC) standards initiative. MEC is developing a reference architecture for mobile-edge computing, which will be the enabler of mobile-edge clouds.

Mobile Edge Computing enables the implementation of mobile edge applications as software-only entities that run on top of a virtualisation infrastructure, which is located in or close to the network edge. Source: ETSI MEC Framework and Reference Architecture

The decision for CPLANE to participate in ETSI MEC was very simple. Our service orchestration platform fits squarely into the MEC reference architecture, and we further enhance the framework with our software-defined networking solution. In fact, our solutions are essentially plug-and play in the reference architecture.

Let’s start by taking a look at the MEC reference architecture as defined by ETSI:

ETSI mobile edge cloud reference architecture

ETSI mobile edge system reference architecture

There are several key elements of the reference architecture:

  • The user interface (portals/user experience)
  • Operations Support Systems
  • Mobile edge orchestrator
  • Mobile edge platform manager
  • Virtual infrastructure manager
  • Mobile edge platform (and host)

All of these components are linked through one of several defined reference points (Mx = external systems, Mm = management systems, Mp = other platforms).

Enhancing the MEC Reference Architecture

CPLANE’s solutions fit into the reference architecture in a couple of key areas – the mobile edge orchestrator and the data plane within the virtualization infrastructure. Here’s what the picture looks like with CPLANE’s Multi-Site Manager (MSM) and Dynamic Virtual Networks – Data Center (DVNd).

ETSI mobile edge cloud reference architecture with CPLANE NETWORKS

ETSI mobile edge system reference architecture with CPLANE NETWORKS and OpenStack

Multi-Site Manager is a complete service orchestration solution that provides a set of open APIs for virtualized infrastructure deployment and management. These ReST APIs allow seamless integration with northbound OSS and Life Cycle Management (LCM) solutions, and provide a mechanism for describing infrastructure requirements in terms of services as opposed to low-level device and configuration specifications. For example, virtual compute services can be described simply in service and operational terms (e.g., Create, Start, Stop, Reboot, Delete).  MSM then translates those services requests into virtual infrastructure manager (VIM)-specific primitives. MSM also provides a multi-site cloud context. So if a customer needs a mobile edge cloud that spans multiple mobile edge hosts, MSM presents a single customer-centric view of the cloud.

In the above example, we’ve used OpenStack as the virtual infrastructure manager. CPLANE’s Dynamic Virtual Networks – Data Center provides a direct OpenStack networking replacement that eliminates the performance and scaling issues associated with standard Neutron networking. DVNd also provides extra features not found in Neutron such as integrated network gateways (as a virtualized network function), no-NAT Floating-IP, and Floating-IP with bandwidth quotas.

Extending the MEC Reference Architecture

CPLANE further extends the MEC reference architecture by bringing a rich ecosystem of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) partners such as, Canonical, Telco Systems and others. This ecosystem allows mobile edge clouds to be quickly tailored to deliver application and network service-specific functionality.

Build Mobile Edge Clouds today!

The ETSI MEC Reference Architecture provides a solid framework for building mobile edge clouds. But the beauty of the framework is that it can also be applied to other cloud models. The integration of northbound customer-facing systems with southbound virtual infrastructure managers via a service orchestration platform is the new model for cloud service deployment and management. And this is exactly what we’ve done for a global telecommunications service provider.

Want to learn more about how CPLANE NETWORKS can accelerate your cloud strategy? – Contact us!

CPLANE NETWORKS joins ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group

CPLANE NETWORKS joins ETSI Multi-access Edge Computing group

CPLANE NETWORKS recently joined the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) group. MEC is leading the industry in defining a new architecture and ecosystem to enable operators to open their Radio Access Network edge to authorized  third-parties, allowing them to deploy innovative new applications and services such as edge analytics, location services, augmented reality, and optimized local content distribution.

Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) offers application developers and content providers cloud-computing capabilities and an IT service environment at the edge of the network. This environment is characterized by ultra-low latency and high bandwidth as well as real-time access to radio network information that can be leveraged by applications. Source: ETSI

CPLANE’s participation in MEC reinforces our industry leadership in delivering a high-performance, scalable service orchestration platform that delivers fully integrated end-to-end network and application services for globally distributed clouds, network edge services (e.g., CORD), and mobile-edge clouds. Contact us to learn more about how we’re enabling dynamic edge application and NFV ecosystems!