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What roles do vCPE and uCPE have at the network edge?

Submitted by on January 3, 2019 – 9:22 amNo Comment

While software-defined networking is only just starting to gain significant traction within enterprise networks, it has transformed network service providers. They are bringing SDN technology to the enterprise edge now, in the form of virtualized customer premises equipment, or vCPE.

In the past, a provider delivering a set of network services would use specialized hardware to deliver the services. This hardware was most often a branch router, and it sometimes included one or more separate firewalls, a distributed denial-of-service defense device or WAN optimizer — all in the branch. Now, the goal is to have generic hardware at the branch and have it run some or all of the software needed to provide all of the desired services.

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