When will vCPE solutions use ARM and Why?

In a recent webinar with Light Reading, the audience was asked the question “Are you deploying ARM-based vCPE solutions in the near future”? Let’s take a look at the results.

It is not surprising that nearly half of the respondents (45.8%) are still considering different vCPE options and have not yet made a definite choice of architecture. Together with 5G and industrial IoT, vCPE is a key driver for NFV adoption, so it seems reasonable to spend the necessary time to pick the best architecture able to match requirements for:

  • Traffic throughput – can I manage the increasing bandwidth?
  • Compute power and storage at the customer premise – how much do I need?
  • Cost – Do I have the right cost structure to achieve good ROI?
  • Orchestration and device management – is it simple and flexible enough for my needs?

Getting this combination right from the start is the basis for profitable services for years to come.


Source: Light Reading Webinar Poll June 2017

The next category of respondents are early adopters who have either already started building or deploying vCPE solutions based on ARM (12.5%) or are planning to do so within 12 months (8.3%). They have found an effective way of leveraging the price, power and performance benefits of the ARM architecture by benchmarking different options.

This is no surprise to us as ARM is well suited for the network edge, and I think we will see an increasing adoption as developers learn more about the capabilities of the ARM architecture. This is particularly relevant for 5G and virtualization at the edge, where you really need to optimize space, power, performance and cost.

Finally, 29.2% of the webinar attendees answered that they currently have no plans for building ARM-based vCPE solutions. The reason is that some of these are not involved in vCPE solutions at all or have chosen x86 architectures. This reminds us that developers do have a choice and that healthy competition creates strong alternatives!

What’s the role of Enea? We deliver commercially backed software for NFV infrastructure, optimized for the network edge and augmented with custom integration and support. Enea NFV software platforms support both ARM and x86 based devices.

Read more about our lightweight virtualization software platform "Enea NFV Access", uniquely designed for deployment on edge devices at customer premise, here.

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By Erik Larsson, Enea.