Traditional managed network services are coupled with an appliance for each dedicated function (e.g., router, firewall). In contrast, universal CPE (uCPE) isn’t tied to software, which allows functions to be quickly adapted to client needs, like adding apps to a mobile phone.
Changing hardware can be slow and complex, especially if done over hundreds or thousands of sites. Once uCPE is established at a site, changes or additions require only a software change and hot a hardware swap.
Fewer boxes mean fewer resources to worry about. With uCPE, adding or changing a function does not require a new appliance, eliminating the need for planning for cabling, space, power and cooling requirements.
By separating hardware from software, uCPE can significantly reduce both the upfront cost and ongoing maintenance costs. This is especially helpful in countries with high import tariffs.
Service multiple types of virtualized network functions (VNFs)
Combine VNFs in a service chain, such as an SD-WAN endpoint, virtualized switching fabric or next-generation firewall, allowing for increased agility in customer deployment
Upgrade VNFs and services quickly and easily