NETWORK INFRASTRUCTURE

SolidRun Unveils SolidWAN Line of Software-Defined Edge Network Hardware

SolidRun | July 29, 2022 | Read time : 03:48 min

SolidRun
SolidRun, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance System on Module (SOM) solutions, Single Board Computers (SBC) and network edge solutions, today announced its all-new line of SolidWAN system-level solutions for software-defined wide area networks and network security applications. Available in different form factors, with different wired and wireless networking configuration options, SolidWAN networking solutions are ideal for home office use, SMB and enterprise applications and deployment at the network's edge.

"Businesses across the world are evolving their network infrastructure to take advantage of the vast flexibility, security, and cost-saving benefits of software-defined networking, However, one size doesn't fit all when it comes to network hardware. This is especially true when connecting today's distributed workforce. With that in mind, we created our game changing SolidWAN line, which makes software-defined networking more affordable and easily deployable to home offices, branch offices, data centers and more."

Mordi Blaunstein, VP Marketing and Sales at SolidRun

SolidWAN network hardware solutions are optimized for software-defined networking applications and provide direct connectivity of network ports to the CPU. This direct connection allows all network traffic to be managed by software, which not only guarantees the highest security and best possible quality of service, but also makes upgrading network hardware, deploying updates and establishing new network services fast and easy. The embedded Layerscape LX2 SoCs from NXP® Semiconductors offer advanced data path acceleration optimized for L2/3 packet processing, security offload and robust traffic management and quality of service.

"The future of network management is software based, and NXP has created the powerful Layerscape LX2160A and LX2162A processors with this in mind," said Toby Foster, senior product marketing manager at NXP. "SolidRun's SolidWAN networking solutions take full advantage of our LX2 line of processor's 16 powerful cores, numerous SerDes lanes, security acceleration, and data compression engine to produce cost-effective and compact hardware that can be configured to serve any number of enterprise and edge processing network functions, while helping to reduce latency, enhancing security, and improving resiliency."

For Home Offices and SMBs
The SolidWAN LX2162A is a small form factor network solution that takes full advantage of the robust performance and security features embedded into the LX2162A SoC from NXP. Utilizing SolidRun's LX2-Lite system-on-module as the foundation for this compact system, the SolidWAN LX2162A efficiently addresses SMB and local branch office needs with outstanding performance and security. Engineered with a wide array of wired and wireless software-defined networking connection options, including eight dedicated GbE RJ45 ports, two 25GbE SFP and two 10GbE dedicated SFP interfaces, and optional GbE RJ45 management port, LTE and Wi-Fi options, this unit offers maximum site installation flexibility while maintaining a compact, desktop-friendly footprint and low price point.

SolidRun also offers fanless small form factor SD-WAN platforms with quad-core processors and 1GbE/2.5GbE/10GbE software-defined dedicated Ethernet ports to address the home-office, remote-workers, and Industrial locations the need high security and high-performance network services.

About SolidRun
SolidRun is a global leading developer of embedded systems and network solutions, focused on a wide range of energy-efficient, powerful, and flexible products. Our innovative compact embedded solutions are based on ARM and x86 architecture and offer a variety of platforms including SOMs (System-on-Module), SBCs (Single Board Computer) and industrial mini-PCs.

SolidRun offers a one-stop-shop for developers and OEMs, providing a complete service from hardware customization to software support and even product branding and enclosure design. With a mission to simplify application development while overcoming deployment challenges, SolidRun proudly provides customers faster time-to-market and lower costs.

Spotlight

5G is the next frontier of innovation for the wireless industry and the broader ICT ecosystem . It is common consensus that 5G will focus on the breakthroughs to support the expansion and enhancement of mobile internet and Internet of Things (IoT). The application of 5G in IoT and vertical industries will bring more market space and present business opportunities to operators. In addition, expanded and enhanced mobile internet services will help further improve the consumers experience, strengthen user stickiness and guarantee operators' revenues and profits, as Figure 1 shows.

Spotlight

5G is the next frontier of innovation for the wireless industry and the broader ICT ecosystem . It is common consensus that 5G will focus on the breakthroughs to support the expansion and enhancement of mobile internet and Internet of Things (IoT). The application of 5G in IoT and vertical industries will bring more market space and present business opportunities to operators. In addition, expanded and enhanced mobile internet services will help further improve the consumers experience, strengthen user stickiness and guarantee operators' revenues and profits, as Figure 1 shows.

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WIRELESS

Huawei's Yang Chaobin Launches All-Band 5G Solution Series

HuaWei | October 27, 2022

At the Global Mobile Broadband Forum 2022 (MBBF2022), Yang Chaobin, President of Huawei ICT Products & Solutions and Huawei Wireless Solution, released a One 5G concept and set of solutions designed to facilitate the evolution of all bands to 5G. "5G is in the fast lane," Mr. Yang said. "The future calls for the evolution of all bands to 5G to deliver optimal performance and experiences with minimal energy consumption." 5G has developed at a rapid clip since first being commercially deployed three years ago, with network coverage, devices, and users all growing significantly. 5G delivers a more HD and immersive digital experience to consumers, and has accelerated digital transformation across industries. It has improved the way people work as well as the production efficiency of enterprises. In terms of 5G network construction, operators focused on TDD and mmWave development during the initial phase, but recently TDD+FDD convergence has been the mode of choice for most operators. Moving forward, all connections and services will need to adapt to 5G to remain relevant, and so will all bands. Huawei has developed the One 5G concept and solutions to maximize the capabilities of all bands, and facilitate seamless coordination between bands, which lays the groundwork for the construction of efficient and cost-effective 5G networks. MetaAAU with ELAA Improves TDD Uplink and Downlink Coverage While Reducing Energy Consumption Combination of TDD high bandwidth and Massive MIMO has enabled cross-generation 5G experience. The urgent need to provide better coverage and higher capacity with lower energy consumption has inspired a range of new TDD Massive MIMO solutions. Huawei's MetaAAU boosts performance and energy efficiency to new levels, by making use of extremely large antenna array (ELAA) technology, as well as innovative software and hardware, such as algorithms and architectures. MetaAAU has been deployed at scale around the world, with the delivery of more than 100,000 pieces thus far. It has been proven to boost uplink and downlink user experience by 30% given the same amount of power consumption, and ensure the same level of coverage while consuming 30% less energy. Products with higher bandwidth will be a must-have for operators to fulfill the C-band allocation needs and simplify the ultra-high bandwidth deployment. Huawei's brand-new 800 MHz MetaAAU enables simplified network deployment on the 3400 MHz to 3800 MHz bands, and the 3800 MHz to 4200 MHz bands to be allocated as well. For scenarios with limited antenna installation space, Huawei provides Meta BladeAAU, which combines Meta and Blade technologies in a unique way, to allow for easy deployment of MetaAAU and all sub-3 GHz bands on a single pole, making it ideal for single-antenna scenarios. Ultra-wideband and Multi-antenna Technologies Simplify Deployment with Fragmented FDD Spectrum and Improve Spectral Efficiency Legacy FDD bands will continue to evolve to 5G. This process creates challenges due to the fragmented spectrum, narrow-band spectrum, and multi-RAT co-existence. Huawei has been upgrading its ultra-wideband and multi-antenna solution series to help operators simplify deployment, improve spectral efficiency, and guarantee a high-level user experience on 5G as well as existing RATs. Huawei's ultra-wideband 4T4R RRU supports simplified deployment of 700–900 MHz and 1.8–2.6/1.4 GHz multi-band networks, and millisecond-level power sharing across all carriers, bands, and RATs, which reduces power consumption by 30% while ensuring the same level of GU coverage. Another Huawei product, dual-band 8T8R RRU that supports both the 1.8 GHz and 2.1 GHz bands, can increase 4G and 5G network capacity by 1.5 and 3 times, respectively. When used with the 8T8R native antennas of the Hertz platform, 8T8R RRU is able to reduce energy consumption by 15% thanks to the signal direct injection feeding (SDIF) technology. For scenarios requiring a large capacity, Huawei provides FDD Massive MIMO AAU, which can increase 4G and 5G network capacity by 3 and 5 times, respectively, enhancing 4G and 5G performance. This product has been commercially deployed at scale on over 70 networks around the world. For single-pole scenarios, Huawei provides the FDD BladeAAU solution, which is the industry's first to combine FDD Massive MIMO AAUs and sub-3 GHz passive antennas. It allows for simple deployment on one pole. LampSite and RuralLink Solutions Enable Ubiquitous 5G Considering that 70% of wireless network traffic comes from the indoor scenarios, Huawei has developed the LampSite 5.0 solution that features TDD+FDD multi-band and multi-RAT combination. 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Better Mobility and Lower Propagation Loss Allow for the Large-Scale Commercial Deployment of mmWave in Outdoor Hotspots and Indoor Scenarios mmWave spectrum resources are abundant, and more than 140 operators have obtained access to the high-bandwidth spectrum. Outdoor hotspots and indoor environments are typical application scenarios of mmWave. However, mmWave signals are hampered by poor mobility and high propagation loss, hindering the large-scale commercial use of mmWave. In outdoor hotspot scenarios, Huawei's mmWave solution uses high equivalent isotropic radiated power (EIRP) and ELAA hardware to improve mmWave coverage. It also makes use of iBeam and intelligent high- and low-band coordination algorithm to achieve precise beam alignment and fast tracking. Tests under continuous networking reveal that a seamless high user-perceived rate can be delivered in moving vehicles and indoor environments along streets, when Huawei's mmWave solution is used. 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NETWORK SECURITY

Ceragon Announces the General Availability of its Radio Aware Open Networking (RAON) Software, Enabling Significant Operational and Cost Efficiencies

Ceragon Networks Ltd | November 01, 2022

Ceragon Networks Ltd., the global innovator and leading solutions provider of 5G wireless transport, today announced that its Radio Aware Open Networking (RAON) software announced earlier this year is now available for purchase as part of its IP-50FX Disaggregated Cell Site Gateway (DCSG) solution. The solution will be presented at the Telecom Infra Project (TIP) Fyuz 2023 event, October 25-27, 2022, in Madrid, Spain. The RAON software is designed to increase operational efficiency, simplify radio monitoring and management, and reduce energy consumption at a time when global energy prices are adversely impacting OPEX. By enabling the cell site gateway to act as a virtual in-door unit with a single IP address, RAON empowers unified monitoring and management capabilities. It informs the cell site router of any changes in connected outdoor radios, allowing for data-driven decisions such as rerouting for optimal traffic flow. The RAON-enabled two-in-one configuration combines a cell site router (CSR) and radio indoor unit (IDU) into a single device, increasing operators' flexibility to meet changing capacity demands while also achieving cost savings via: Eliminating the need to power, cool, connect, and provide rack space for two separate devices. Minimizing energy consumption Reducing operational, administration, and maintenance (OAM) complexity, as well as provision complexity. Diego Marí Moretón, Meta Connectivity Technologies & Ecosystems Manager and Lead of the TIP Open Optical Packet Transport Project Group commented: "Ceragon's RAON software running on its IP-50FX hardware is the real-world realization of TIP's DCSG goal of a truly open and disaggregated hardware and software solution. Ceragon holds a unique position as a vendor that currently has a solution represented across all three OpenSoftHaul segments – Outdoor Units, Indoor Units, and Network Operating Systems. Ceragon's IP-50FX solution not only met but exceeded all requirements defined by the DCSG subgroup, and we were thrilled to award them with a Ribbon signifying that IP-50FX is TIP Compliant." Ulik Broida, Ceragon EVP Portfolio Management, commented, "Providing our customers with intelligent multi-purpose tools that improve operational efficiency, simplify network management, and reduce energy consumption has been a long-held guiding principle for Ceragon. Today we deliver on that goal in a big way. The IP-50FX DCSG running RAON in tandem with IP Infusion's OcNOS® delivers phenomenal value. This dual-purpose open-design provides operators new levels of freedom and flexibility, enabling them to quickly respond to rising capacity demands and making it easy to upgrade as they grow". About Ceragon Networks Ceragon Networks Ltd. is the global innovator and leading solutions provider of 5G wireless transport. We help operators and other service providers worldwide increase operational efficiency and enhance end customers' quality of experience with innovative wireless backhaul and fronthaul solutions. Our customers include service providers, public safety organizations, government agencies and utility companies, which use our solutions to deliver 5G & 4G broadband wireless connectivity, mission-critical multimedia services, stabilized communications, and other applications at high reliability and speed. Ceragon's unique multicore technology and disaggregated approach to wireless transport provides highly reliable, fast to deploy, high-capacity wireless transport for 5G and 4G networks with minimal use of spectrum, power, real estate, and labor resources. It enables increased productivity, as well as simple and quick network modernization, positioning Ceragon as a leading solutions provider for the 5G era. We deliver a complete portfolio of turnkey end-to-end AI-based managed and professional services that ensure efficient network rollout and optimization to achieve the highest value for our customers.

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greymatter.io Simplifies Modern Application Networking Platform

greymatter.io | October 31, 2022

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