Expanding Our Edge Portfolio for Modern Software-Defined Networking

As MWC19 Los Angeles kicks off today, our team at Dell Technologies has been getting ready for the conference which is slated to be dominated by advancements in 5G, AI, IoT, and advances in technology for the automotive and media industries.

As these next-generation technologies develop, our service provider and enterprise customers are having to modernize infrastructure from the data center all the way out to the network edge for enabling innovation, controlling costs, reducing complexity and providing scalability.

Last year, my team and I at Dell Technologies announced the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family that expands edge service delivery options and helps customers modernize network operations via universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE).

We’ve expanded upon that promise by introducing a new member to that product family. The Dell EMC VEP1405 series connects the enterprise to the edge via universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE), uniting branch locations to the cloud and complementing its larger VEP4600 predecessor.

As a uCPE device, both service providers and enterprises can future-proof network operations and save on capital expenditures by shifting numerous, dedicated proprietary physical appliances to this single platform to host various virtual network functions (VNFs) such as software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN), firewall, deep-packet inspection and routing.

Using software-defined architecture, virtualization, open standards and APIs, service providers and enterprises can accelerate their digital transformation goals to take advantage of new market opportunities more quickly and efficiently. With the VEP1405, we can help our customers build out their infrastructure of the future by offering software-defined networking at the edge in a very small, affordable package that offers flexibility.

The compact fixed form-factor of the VEP1405 uses Intel® Atom® C-3000 x86-based processor – a purpose-built networking processor supporting Intel® Quick Assist Technology and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit to accelerate encryption and packet processing respectively – that is intended for value, lower power consumption and multiple core options.

Additional highlights of VEP1405 include:

  • Validation for ADVA Ensemble software which provides a choice from among 50+ virtual network functions for operational flexibility.
  • Additional mobile connection capabilities offered with Wi-Fi for areas with power but without hard-wired connections.
  • Consistent VNF behavior and customer experience between the VEP1405 and VEP4600, aiding faster time to revenue and reduced deployment risks.
  • Sold and supported globally with Dell EMC Services and world-class supply chain.

VEP1405 is now globally available. If your organization needs software-defined networking at the Edge in a small, affordable package, you can get more VEP1405 details here.

Drew Schulke

About the Author: Drew Schulke

Drew Schulke is Vice President in Dell's Infrastructure Solution Group where he is responsible for product management of Dell's Primary Storage Portfolio (PowerMax, PowerStore, PowerFlex, PowerVault, Unity, VxBlock & VPLEX). Drew joined Dell in 1999, with previous roles in product development, operations, enterprise services, and seven years in Dell’s Data Center Solutions group where he was responsible for product management and product marketing for hyper-scale customers, and four years in Dell's Networking Business Unit, where he was responsible engineering and product management. Prior to joining Dell, Drew was a Senior Consultant in Accenture’s SAP practice focused on customers in the manufacturing segment. Drew holds a master’s degree from the Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Arizona.