In the 5G stage, telecom infrastructure is facing higher requirements in network architecture, deployment modes, and O&M efficiency. The network architecture is gradually becoming distributed. User-plane NEs are distributed to the edge, and high-performance forwarding is the key to guarantee user experience. The flexible combination of multiple software and hardware acceleration solutions can achieve the best balance between performance and cost control. Control-plane NEs are deployed in a centralized manner to provide unified management, highly-efficient O&M is important for massive 5G commercialization. AI-based intelligent O&M technologies become key technologies. Network cloudification is still the prerequisite for 5G promotion, and the efficiency and flexibility of deployment should be noticed in the large-scale NFV implementation phase. In addition, the lightweight deployment of edge sites, co-management and smooth evolution of VM containers, compatibility of multi-vendor heterogeneous resources, and unified scheduling of public& private cloud should also be considered.
For above-mentioned requirements, ZTE has proposed a comprehensive 5G distributed cloud solution that integrates software and hardware acceleration, VM container dual drivers, distributed storage, SDN cloud network convergence, artificial intelligence, and other leading technologies. This solution features flexible deployment, on-demand resources, performance acceleration, efficient O&M, and low power consumption, and provides operators with a complete and leading infrastructure transformation solution.