RtBrick, Radisys establish disaggregated IP network pact

This article was published in Lightwave on October 23, 2023. You can read the original article here

RtBrick is partnering with Radisys® Corporation to offer telcos solutions to build IP networks based on open, disaggregated, ‘cloud-native’ architecture.

Service providers can work with the vendor duo to adopt RtBrick’s disaggregated IP routing software as part of an end-to-end integrated networking solution from Radisys, including core and access technologies, support, and OSS/BSS integration. The Radisys Connect Modular Broadband software solution is based on open, disaggregated and cloud-native components.

By leveraging network disaggregation solutions, a service provider can take advantage of a new generation of open ‘bare-metal’ hardware, breaking the cycle of vendor lock-in imposed by many traditional manufacturers and lowering costs. Software from RtBrick transforms these white-box switches into carrier-grade MPLS routers. This initial use case contains RtBrick’s Broadband Network Gateway (BNG), the specialist router that offers broadband internet services and network aggregation.

“Changing to a disaggregated network requires an investment in new skillsets and draws on limited IT resources,” said Pravin S Bhandarkar, CEO and founder at RtBrick. “Radisys can deliver a turnkey integrated solution that will give operators a simpler way of realizing the benefits of network disaggregation.” 

Prakash Siva, Head of Technology and Architecture for Radisys, agreed that its partnership with RtBrick “enables it to offer our customers an integrated and complete disaggregated broadband solution.”

“A disaggregated network from a diverse and open ecosystem gives operators the flexibility to mix and match hardware and software as needed,” he said. “In addition to reducing CapEx costs, this new cloud-native operating model also enables Zero-Touch-Provisioning and automation using open REST-based APIs to optimize OpEx costs.”

The solution can be scaled by adding more open hardware in incremental steps, whether the aim is to add more subscribers or throughput.Tier 1 providers are taking notice. RtBrick’s BNG software has already been deployed in Deutsche Telekom’s production broadband network with Radisys as the lead systems integrator. The new combined solution is available today from Radisys.