The Intelligent Flexible Cloud

New enabling technology standards. Heterogeneous system on a chip (SoC) architectures. The benefits of distributing intelligence toward the network edge. And other best practices to address next-generation services and the Internet of Things.


Network applications and services today are nearly unrecognizable from a few decades ago. The diversity, scale, and dynamic evolution of apps, services, data, and devices have led to a corresponding evolution within service provider environments. Public, private, and hybrid clouds are ascendant. Software-based approaches to more agile network management and efficiency are being pioneered by industry standards bodies. As for hardware, a transition where multiple processor architectures, instruction set architectures (ISAs), and boutique implementations popular a decade ago have consolidated to just a few architectures to lower hardware and software costs; predominantly ARM solutions that deliver unique functionality and power optimization, and x86. In the data center, consolidation has accelerated to such an extent towards homogeneous compute clusters where flexibility has been achieved but at the cost of workload efficiency. As a result, cautiously evolving infrastructure networks and distributed new cloud applications cannot depend on standard x86 platforms to scale or support new features, services and business models that operators need.

This white paper is about the emerging capabilities underlying network architectures in operators’ pursuit of what ARM calls “the intelligent, flexible cloud” ― where new features, services, and business models evolve on enhanced equipment at sustainable levels of operational overhead or capital expenditure. To read more, click here.

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