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May 17, 2016 08:00 ET

Telefonica and Brocade Establish vEPC Performance Benchmarks in Joint NFV Reference Lab Tests

Brocade Virtual Core for Mobile Solution Provide Agile Network Deployment Options With Independently Scalable Control and User Planes

SAN JOSE, CA--(Marketwired - May 17, 2016) - Telefonica (NYSE: TEF) and Brocade (NASDAQ: BRCD) have completed performance benchmark testing for a virtual EPC (vEPC) implementation within the Telefonica NFV Reference Lab framework. The test results demonstrate that Brocade® vEPC built on top of its innovative Virtual Core for Mobile (VCM) solution platform enables service providers to build agile networks that quickly scale to match the performance demands of new services. The VCM software architecture is purpose-built to reduce production costs, support faster service rollout, and dynamically allocate virtual resources. As a result, it allows service providers to serve diverse use cases that include traditional customer-centric services, IoT/M2M, MVNO, private LTE, and mobile edge computing.

"The Brocade VCM solution is architected to take maximum advantage of virtualization to meet performance requirements. The ability to quickly scale the control and user planes independently ensures agile and reliable operations. With these capabilities, VCM can satisfy the diverse needs of service providers looking to transform their infrastructure to a cloud environment," said Nishi Kant, vice president of mobile networking at Brocade.

The Brocade vEPC, running on Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) Intel®-based x86 servers in Telefonica's standardized reference test environment, was benchmarked with a broad mix of mobile traffic loads to measure both user plane and control plane performance. Telefonica's standardized NFV Reference Lab enables the deployment of complex network scenarios using Telefonica's OpenMANO stack.

Brocade vEPC achieved user data processing rates in excess of 8.5 Mpps while serving 2 million simultaneous bearers at a rate greater than 7,000 bearer activations per second, the highest values seen by Telefonica for the reference test environment. Through this benchmark testing, the Brocade vEPC also demonstrated linear scalability in handling additional user plane traffic and control plane traffic independently with each other. 

"The objective of the Brocade VCM benchmarking was to determine stability and capacity across a wide range of packet sizes while operating in Telefonica's standard test environment. We are pleased to see that the VCM greatly exceeded the expected performance targets. These results provide the confidence needed to continue with the adoption and deployment of virtualized solutions and to enable the transformation to software-driven networking," said Javier Gavilán, planning and technology director at Telefonica, Global CTO.

Brocade vEPC is part of the Brocade Virtual Core for Mobile product family, along with Brocade vPGW and Brocade vSAE-GW. All are part of the Brocade SDN/NFV solution portfolio that is enabling service providers to implement agile Telco Cloud architectures. 

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About Telefónica
Telefónica is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world in terms of market capitalization and number of customers. With its best-in-class mobile, fixed, and broadband networks, and innovative portfolio of digital solutions, Telefónica is transforming itself into a "Digital Telco," a company that will be even better placed to meet the needs of its customers and capture new revenue growth.

The company has a significant presence in 24 countries and a customer base that amounts to more than 313 million accesses around the world. Telefónica has a strong presence in Spain, Europe, and Latin America, where the company focuses an important part of its growth strategy.

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