Ubiquitous Network Visibility in the 4G LTE Evolved Packet Core

As network operators are upgrading their core infrastructure to meet the demands from mobile applications, critical network monitoring and visibility requirements have expanded at an enormous rate. Using an SDN-centric design and white box switching hardware, Big Monitoring Fabric™ makes network monitoring-at-scale practical in a way that was once out of reach. 

With LTE deployments hitting peak data speeds of 100Gbps, it is clear that current monitoring infrastructure is at a breaking point. The upcoming LTE Advanced specification – with 10x speed improvement – makes the need for a new approach even more urgent. Leading mobile network operators are now looking for an evolution of their monitoring fabric simply to keep pace as they evolve their core networks.

With the advent of SDN on commodity (white box / brite box) switches, ubiquitous network visibility in the 4G LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) network is now a viable and attractive option from a CapEx, OpEx and design transition perspective.

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Big Switch Networks Big Monitoring Fabric is:

  • Architected for Scale-Out Deployments
  • Designed for Multi-Tenant Operation
  • Enables Massive Operational Simplification
  • Realizes Dramatic Cost Savings

Built using sophisticated SDN-centric algorithms, the centralized Big Monitoring Fabric Controller makes network monitoring-at-scale practical in a way that was once out of reach. With the pay-as-you-grow economics for both hardware and software involved in the Big Monitoring Fabric, starting small scale and growing the fabric gradually as networks evolve from 2G/3G to 4G loads is a low risk approach for operators to take.

For more information download our whitepaper: “Next Generation Monitoring Fabrics for LTE Core Networks”