HP's OpenNFV Helps Telcos Deploy New Telecom Services Efficiently

By CIOReview | Thursday, March 6, 2014
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BARCELONA: IT Corporation HP has launched ‘OpenNFV,’ an all-inclusive Network Functions Virtualization program intended for the telecommunications industry for faster, easier and cheaper service deployment. It will see the complete virtualization of telecommunications core networks and network functions.

OpenNFV will replace the previously used individual network hardware appliances, thereby enabling the CSPs to speed up time to market and drive new revenue.

The core of the HP OpenNFV is a program called NFV Reference Architecture, which provides a complete architectural ecosystem covering physical servers, storage and networking, virtualization, controllers for Software-Defined Networking (SDN), resource management and orchestration, analytics, telco applications, and a complete operations support system.

“In the environment we work in, it’s key to have agility and flexibility in what we offer our customers. We partnered with HP because they are a leader in both open systems and in virtualization, which is an important strategy for us going forward. We can rely on HP for their expertise in NFV and in x86 technology, which enables us to free up R&D investment dollars to focus more on innovative software technology,” says Roy Kaser, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, IP Platforms, Alcatel Lucent.

The NFV RA integrates the HP Virtual Services Router, HP Virtual Application Networks, SDN Controller and HP Open SDN Ecosystem. These integrated solutions offer CSPs a ready-to-be-deployed architecture that can enable the transformation from legacy networks to NFV and SDN-enabled infrastructure. SDN and NFV together can provide synergies for creating a complete ecosystem that can help CSPs become more agile, innovative and competitive.