Cisco Validated Designs for the Evolved Programmable Network

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"Converged, programmable, and virtualized" describes the Cisco Evolved Programmable Network (EPN) architecture. With EPN 3.0, Cisco delivers an architecture of intelligent, self-healing networks that support products and configurations needed to converge, virtualize, and automate services. These networks are the foundation for an agile service-delivery platform.

The EPN 3.0 design and configuration guide simplifies the deployment of residential, business, and mobile cloud-based services over service-provider-scale access, aggregation, and edge networks.

Converged, Programmable, and Virtualized

Major new features in the new EPN release include pseudowire headend functionality for Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) services. This feature eliminates the previously required native Ethernet handoff to the BNG, simplifying operations dramatically. In addition, access to Cisco ME 4600 passive optical networks is now available, coupled with virtual residential gateways.

Access technologies have also been extended to cover the ITU-T G.8032 native Ethernet Ring Protection Protocol for all services. Access technologies include network virtualization for enterprise Layer 2 and Layer 3 services as well.

Long-Term Evolution (LTE) networks can now handle multicasting more efficiently with IPv6-enabled enhanced Mobile Broadcast Multicast System (eMBMS) transport.

Other converged-transport highlights:

  • Zero-touch deployment capability for unified Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) nodes uses automated IP, autonomic networking, and Cisco IOS Embedded Event Manager scripts for reachability to and management of zero-configuration devices.
  • Efficient hybrid clock distribution is provided for mobile networks.
  • A new offering for service providers: Remote personal devices connecting to a Wi-Fi network can be mapped directly to enterprise VPNs.

Programmability highlight:

  • A programmable VPN service makes it possible to request time of day, bandwidth on demand, and usage-based services in an economically feasible way. This capability monetizes network intelligence by eliminating time-to-revenue for service requests while maintaining accounting and billing systems.

Network function virtualization highlights:

  • Virtual residential customer-premises equipment can be used to deploy a distributed Cisco Unified Computing System (Cisco UCS), dramatically improving time-to-market for new services.
  • A virtualized route reflector is implemented on Cisco UCS in the cloud.

These innovations build on previous releases of the system, which has always validated converged residential, business and mobile services, all delivered on a single converged architecture.

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