Edge Virtualization

Enea Edge FAQ

What is Enea Edge?

Enea Edge is a management and virtualization platform for uCPE and edge devices. It consists of three elements:

  • Enea Edge Runtime: white-box operating system providing virtual machines and containers
  • Enea Edge Management: platform and application/VNF lifecycle management
  •  Enea Edge Automation: framework for automating deployment and operation of large-scale networks

Is Enea Edge based on OpenStack?

No. Enea Edge is designed for uCPE and edge applications while OpenStack is designed for data center environments. Edge/uCPE virtualization platforms based on OpenStack carries a lot of overhead that requires bigger, more expensive devices, and it is more complex to manage. Enea Edge uses a management interface based on NETCONF/YANG.

What are the main use cases?

The main use cases include enterprise networking with SD-WAN, firewalls and security, private LTE/5G, edge computing, and industrial IoT applications.

Which VNFs can I use?

Enea and its partners have onboarded most of the commonly used SD-WAN and security VNFs from for example VMWare/Velocloud, Versa, SilverPeak, Citrix, Fortinet, Palo Alto Networks, and Check Point, as well as other networking VNFs from for example Cisco and Juniper.

Any VNF packaged for KVM can be onboarded to Enea Edge.

Contact us for the latest list of VNFs verified for Enea Edge.

Can I run my own VNF?

Yes, as long as it can run on KVM you can deploy your own VNFs and service chain them with other VNFs on the uCPE.

Do I need any special hardware?

Enea Edge runs on any white box hardware including devices from Advantech, Dell, Lenovo, Lanner, Supermicro and others. The minimum requirement is 2 cores (one for the VNF and one for Enea Edge Runtime) and 2GB memory. It then scales up with an increased number of cores and more memory to support multiple service chained VNFs and higher throughput.

Does Enea also sell hardware?

No. Enea is an independent software provider. We do not promote or favor any hardware over another, leaving it open for you to choose the white box or boxes that suits you the best. We do work closely with hardware vendors as partners to make sure our software works perfectly with their white boxes.

Does Enea sell VNFs for uCPE?

No. Our virtualization platform is independent of VNFs. We do work closely with the VNF vendors as partners to on-board VNFs and make sure we can provide joint solutions that excel in performance and usability.

Do you sell directly to enterprises?

Yes, we sell to enterprises managing their own networks, system integrators, and to service providers offering managed services.

Is Enea Management an orchestrator?

No, it is an element/network management system. Some functionality like automation overlap between Enea Management and orchestrators, but an orchestrator typically has a higher level of abstraction. Enterprises managing their own networks typically find the tools in Enea Management to cover their needs, while service providers and carriers tend to favor full-blown orchestration.

Which orchestrators do you support?

Any orchestrator that can integrate using a REST API or NETCONF like Cisco NSO or Juniper Contrail. Contact us for a list of existing integrations.

How do I onboard a VNF?

Enea Edge provides an on-boarding wizard letting you on-board VNFs with a few simple steps in under 5 minutes.

Does Enea Edge support zero touch provisioning?

Yes, it implements the NETCONF call home functionality defined in RFC 8071, which enables a NETCONF server to initiate a secure connection to a NETCONF client. This allows Enea Edge to automatically download configurations to provision the platform and the VNFs it runs.

Does Enea Edge provide automation?

Yes. Enea Edge Automation is a core compnent in Enea Edge. It is implemented through Ansible playbooks for automating deployments and management of the virtualization platform and the VNFs.

What is in-band management in Enea Edge?

Enea Edge can handle all management traffic to the platform and the VNFs over the same connection as the data plane. This makes it possible to use a single NIC for all WAN traffic.