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ZTE's New Micro Cloud Gateway Means New Integration Options

By Steve Anderson November 02, 2016

The growth of operator networks in the last few years has been pronounced, and not without its accompanying difficulties. The good news, however, is that for the most part network technology has risen to the challenge and met it with a reasonable amount of success. That's exemplified by the recent release of ZTE's new Micro Cloud Gateway (MCG), the M6000-1S series.

Recently revealed at the Broadband World Forum 2016 event, ZTE's new MCG system can serve multiple purposes in the same organization. Not only can it be an enterprise branch gateway, but also it can be the integrated access node for currently-established networks. It accomplishes this level of versatility by bringing together everything that a standard enterprise gateway router can offer, but also includes new software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) functions under one roof.

This improved versatility, in turn, means a better overall operation for its users; not only does it offer greater efficiency in its initial rollout, but it also offers a better overall user experience down the line. ZTE's M6000-1S is able to handle this kind of capability by supporting the X86 architecture from Intel, while also bringing together both IT resources and CT equipment using virtualization processes, like those commonly found in NFV environments.

Thus, the system can not only handle standard routing and switching operations, but it can also accommodate comparatively newer functions like high-capacity storage operations and greater performance. The entire system can now handle up to eight terabytes of storage at once, and supports several different connectivity measures including both 3G and 4G along with Wi-Fi. It also opens up the possibility of third-party value-added services like wide-area network (WAN) acceleration, as the platform can accommodate several different virtual functions at once.

The critical point here is the sheer versatility that's presented thanks to this combination of hardware and software. ZTE's M6000-1S represents an opportunity to bring several separate programs to work all under one umbrella, and that means businesses have the option to cherry-pick as needs on the ground require, or take advantage of everything that's in place. Expansion efforts down the road become a lot more readily accommodated, and all from one platform. That means future-proofing as well, and no need to replace a perfectly operational system because it doesn't do that one thing that needs doing.

Good news for ZTE, and for its customers; not only will the user base have access to a powerful new system, but ZTE will likely be able to make plenty of headway in the market just by offering it up. In business, there's seldom better than a win-win scenario, and this sure looks like one.




Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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