Dell EMC releases Virtual Edge Platform family, uCPE for virtual and software-defined environments

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Dell EMC has announced its new Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family, which is also the first software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) solution based on the new Intel Xeon D-2100 processor and should speed digital transformation by connecting edge to the cloud with universal Customer Premise Equipment (uCPE).

With a big focus turning to modernization of the infrastructure, both in the data center as well as in the network edge, in order to reduce cost, complexity as well as enable scalability, it does not come as a surprise that Dell EMC wants a piece of that market share.

By announcing its its new Virtual Edge Platform (VEP) family, starting with the VEP4600, which provides an open Intel architecture-based platform to support multiple simultaneous virtual network functions (VNF), Dell EMC will allow its customers to consolidate number of physical devices into a single uCPE, while its modular design will allow expandability.

As noted, the VEP 4600 is powered by the new Intel Xeon D-2100 product family, Intel® QuickAssist Technology (Intel® QAT), and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and the performance, power, and form factor of that same CPU has been tweaked to provide best possible performance-per-watt for SD-WAN and uCPE scenario.

Dell EMC has also been working to accelerate SD-WAN adoption by offering three validated solutions with the VEP4600, by combining the Dell EMC infrastructure and support services with industry-leading SD-WAN software from Silver Peak Systems, VeloCloud Networks, and Versa Networks.

“There is a real need among service providers and enterprises to update network operations to address distributed and cloud-based applications and capitalize on changing economics enabled by cloud models,” said Tom Burns, senior vice president, Dell EMC Networking & Service Provider Solutions. “By infusing Open Networking into access networks to the cloud with the Virtual Edge Platform family, Dell EMC can help customers modernize infrastructure and transform operations while automating service delivery and processes”.

“As network traffic continues to increase, optimized service delivery is required to meet the demands of a broad range of use cases at the network edge”, said Sandra Rivera, senior vice president and general manager of Network Platforms Group at Intel. “A programmable and power efficient system-on-a-chip processor is needed to deliver the performance that users and devices require for edge applications. Using the Intel® Xeon® D-2100 system-on-a-chip in the Dell EMC Virtual Edge Platform provides flexible and power-efficient network edge solutions with high-performance compute and intelligence”.

According to the provided information, the Dell EMC VEP4600 will begin shipping worldwide on April 24, 2018.