Comparing Cloud-Native Functions and Virtual Networks for a 5G World

Open Source Communities Demonstrate End-to-End 5G Cloud-Native Network

The future of 5G is bright. It offers speeds 50 times faster and latency 10 times lower than current LTE technology, as well as support for machine-to-machine communication between as many as a million IoT devices per square kilometer, virtual pipelines with support for disparate SLAs, and efficiency that can deliver a 10-year battery life for IoT devices.

5G will unleash new use cases in a wide range of industries, including:

  • Health care
  • Smart construction and smart cities
  • Autonomous vehicle technology
  • Virtual reality

Allied Market Research estimates the 5G technology market will grow from $5.5 billion in 2020 to $668 billion by 2025.

Cloud-Native Architecture is the Key to Unlocking 5G Power

The software-driven nature of 5G networks will allow service providers to improve network responsiveness, rapidly introduce new services, lower operational expenses through automation, and cut capital expenditures by using commodity servers and switches.

Turnium's cloud-native, containerized SD-WAN delivers benefits for telcos and service providers seeking:


Flexibility: Cloud-native applications can be deployed anywhere


Scalability: Smaller footprint than virtual machines allows for easy scaling


Performance: Testing demonstrates that cloud-native functions outperform virtual network functions


Resilience: Container systems like Kubernetes include health checks and self-healing


Speed: Rapid boots times ensure disruptions last seconds, not minutes or hours

In this download, you'll read about how a software-driven 5G environment was developed using cloud-native technologies. Turnium's SD-WAN provided the software-defined network transporting signaling and call paths.

Download the free 5G Cloud-Native Network Study today.

Comparing Cloud-Native Functions and Virtual Networks

Comparing a 5G Cloud-Native Network with LTE Virtual Networks

Turnium collaborated with other industry leaders on the end-to-end 5G cloud-native network demonstrating that it could be built on open-source infrastructure at KubeCon North America. The project included:

  • Over 80 volunteers
  • 4 open-source communities
  • 15 partner companies
  • 2 end users

The demo was made possible by active community participation from the following organizations:

Comparing 5G Cloud Native Participates

This proof-of-concept project demonstrated that an end-to-end cloud-native network is feasible with current tools and uncovered critical gaps in Kubernetes infrastructure and cloud-native functions.

Examine the full results of our cloud-native vs. virtual network proof of concept.
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