What Is Virtual Customer Premises Equipment?

Reducing Physical Hardware Appliances

Today, many enterprises obtain fixed-data network connectivity through a managed service provider. These service providers typically deliver services via the deployment of physical hardware appliances, such as Ethernet Access Devices (EADs), at the customer premises.

Fixed-data network connectivity through a managed service provider ...

Remote Deployment

By leveraging network functions virtualization (NFV), CSPs can provide virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE) solutions, which reduce the number and cost of physical hardware appliances required at the customer premises for hosting connectivity and other value-added features. By deploying a smaller number of powerful general processing platforms either locally at the customer's premises or in a centralized data center, CSPs can remotely instantiate, configure, and manage a variety of features and functions that were once deployed on dedicated hardware platforms.

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