CMC | Rapid Adaptive Network (C-RAN)

In our Journey to Digital Transformation - CMC Networks developed a platform called C-RAN (CMC Rapid Adaptive Network) which combines the Next Generation Software Defined-Wide Area Network (NG SD-WAN) architecture with inherent security and encryption features while ensuring the flexibility to spin up (install) and service chain (connect) Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs') of Your choice.

The C-RAN SD-WAN platform is regarded as the Next Generation SD-WAN (NG SD-WAN) platform. The routing function is Session Smart, therefore speaking the language of Your applications and subsequently turning Your network into a service-centric fabric that's simple, agile and with built in “Zero Trust” security by including metadata into each packet which is inspected hop by hop ensuring integrity of your data. The platform eliminates the use of tunnels (i.e. IPSec, GRE, etc.) saving you CAPEX and OPEX and at the same time addressing current SD-WAN challenges, such as:

  • Stateless failover experienced with state full applications and voice services
  • Additional bandwidth tax introduced when creating tunnels (IPSec and GRE)
  • Load sharing across dissimilar links

The C-RAN platform accepts Application Programming Interfaces (APIs') from external sources subsequently enabling your sales and operational processes to be part of CMS's process allowing immediate response to all sales queries and swift resolution to operational issues.

The C-RAN SD-WAN platform uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) using machine-learning algorithms by learning and understanding the status of each WAN link terminating on the SD-WAN router. The protocol called Service and Topology Exchange Protocol (STEP) makes a decision how to route the packet, based on the credentials and thresholds assigned to the application, user and the status of the destination network.

Orchestration and management of the services are offered by best of breed applications and supported by all known VNF's, ensuring Zero Touch Provisioning (ZTP) interoperability between network functions and the inclusion of hybrid cloud capabilities.

In summary, the C-RAN SD-WAN platform offers the following commercial benefits:

    • Simplicity: No tunnels or overlays, no more hardware centric networking
    • Agility: Faster deployment, better responsiveness, dynamic optimization
    • Security: Zero Trust model, Authentication + Encryption + Segmentation
    • Performance: Less overhead, more scalability, dynamic optimization
    • Savings: Reduce bandwidth and connectivity costs (no tunnels), third party point tools, CAPEX and OPEX up to 30%
    • SLA: 99.99% network availability in challenging countries in High Availability (HA) mode

Near real-time reporting via CMC's online portal offers you visibility of the performance of your network. With dedicated Service Management and Service Assurance teams, you can rest assured your network is monitored 24x7x365 by highly skilled professionals.

The product is delivered in three different variations, depending on the Customers' requirements, namely:

 

Product Offering

Product Name

Supported Items

C-RAN 4C

NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security

C-RAN 8C

NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security + 2 X VNFs’

C-RAN 12+ C

NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security + n X VNFs’ + Public Cloud + Private Cloud

C-RAN 4C Offering

Variant

Discription

Access Type

Availability SLA

SLA Components

Standalone

C-RAN Device offering NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security

Customer Supplied

98.5%

C-RAN Device Only

INET

C-RAN Device offering NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security

CMC Supplied - 2 X DIA

99.2%

C-RAN Device & Access

Hybrid

C-RAN Device offering NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security

CMC Supplied - 1 X DIA + 1 X MPLS

99.8%

C-RAN Device & Access

VPN

C-RAN Device offering NG SD-WAN + C-RAN Security

CMC Supplied - 2 X MPLS

99.9%

C-RAN Device & Access

High Availability (HA)

HA mode can be supplied by duplicating the above

CMC Supplied

99.99%

C-RAN Device & Access

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