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Developing a Wireless Communications Cloud with Intel Architecture

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Developing a Wireless Communications Cloud with Intel® Architecture
Introduction
Cloud computing is a broad term that covers everything from Google* applications to rack-based servers. In the enterprise space, it is driving improved data center efficiency, the result of sharing resources, like computing, networking and storage. At the heart of this approach is infrastructure convergence, which enables IT to more rapidly reallocate equipment to meet fluctuating and unpredictable business demand. At the same time, equipment utilization goes up, energy efficiency increases and support effort decreases.

The current boom in network traffic, driven by mobile broadband and the deployment of over-the-top (OTT) services, accelerates the need for adoption of cloud concepts in the telecom network. This transition provides network operators opportunities to find new value-added services to cut into the OTT revenue stream. For example, implanting new, differentiating quality of service (QoS) features can open new market segments for service providers. Likewise, implementing IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) solutions enables network operators to capitalize on existing, underutilized equipment. Equally important is finding innovative ways to build a scalable and flexible network that cost efficiently handles an increasing data load by improving resource utilization.

Bringing cloud concepts to the telecom network enables business-to- business based solutions to create end user value by aggregating multiple cloud services. For instance, integrating content caching into the telecom network can improve the quality of experience (QoE), as well as reduce the load on the network.

What does this then mean from a telecommunications point of view? Telecommunications has unique technical challenges when it comes to cloud implementation, including strict real-time requirements, packet latency and high availability. These requirements can be satisfied by next generation Intel® Xeon® processors, as demonstrated by a proof of- concept developed by Intel and Tieto*. The platform enables a “communications cloud” designed to more efficiently use network resources and speed up functional and service deployments compared to today’s cloud platforms.
Read the full Developing a Wireless Communications Cloud with Intel® Architecture White Paper: http://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/embedded-developers-engineers/developing-a-wireless-communications-cloud-paper.html