Orange Business Services selects Ekinops and Dell Technologies for uCPE

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Orange Business Services has chosen Ekinops and Dell Technologies for its new universal customer premise equipment (uCPE) solution.

The new platform will enable network transformation through software-defined networking (SDx), giving customers increased business agility, flexibility and simplicity in service deployment.

"The combination of our middleware and VNFs with the powerful uCPEs and global presence of Dell will ensure the best possible quality, performance and support for Orange enterprise customers,” said Didier Brédy, CEO, Ekinops. “We are committed to helping service providers adopt software-defined networking, and our growing line of software products has proven to be at the cutting edge, as this announcement attests."

The solution will create co-innovation between Orange and its strategic partners Ekinops and Dell Technologies, combining Enterprise Branch Server IT and Virtualization Management. The uCPE uses hardware provided by Dell Technologies OEM, embedded & edge solutions running middleware built by Ekinops, a supplier of advanced network access solutions. It will allow enterprises to consolidate their site connectivity and functionality with virtual network functions (VNF) management.

“Our global enterprise customers require increased flexibility in terms of connectivity solutions and infrastructure optimisation,” said Anne-Marie Thiollet, vice president of connectivity business unit at Orange Business Services. “This uCPE solution developed with Ekinops and Dell Technologies will give enterprises further choice in terms of deployment and reinforces our ecosystem-based approach. We believe that flexible solutions such as these are essential for customers looking to run an increasing number of services at the edge.” 

The solution will also help enterprises move toward edge computing, with use cases such as video, AI or IoT running locally on the uCPE. Carrying out data processing at the edge will help them improve application performance and assure data privacy.

“Our uCPE range offers an ideal solution for service providers who are looking to modernise operations for connecting branch locations to the WAN, reduce complexity and foster business impact,” said Sanjay Tyagi, vice president and general manager of EMEA OEM, embedded & edge solutions at Dell Technologies.

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