HP Broadens NFV Enterprise through ConteXtreme Acquisition

By CIOReview | Friday, May 29, 2015
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FREMONT, CA: HP acquires ConteXtreme, a startup that makes Software- Defined Networking (SDN) and Network –Function Virtualization (NFV) software thereby expanding its strategic investment in NFV to facilitate open standard networking for service providers, reports Jordan Novet for VB News.

NFV offers functions through software instead of propriety hardware, saving time and money as it does not require physical installing and paying for appliances. Through software, functions like firewalls and caching can be located out of a resource pool, hence giving an opportunity to gain additional revenue.

ConteXtreme is already a partner in HP’s OpenNFV Partner Program, which is an open approach that supports various open source controller technologies allowing HP and external partners including network equipment providers (NEPs) and independent software vendors (ISVs) to benefit from open and standards- based NFV reference architecture, HP OpenNFV Labs and the HP OpenNFV partner ecosystem of applications and services.

ConnteXtreme’s SDN fabric is being integrated with HP's NFV software portfolio. Its SDN solution is distributed software defined networking fabric for virtual network functions, enabling network operators to innovate new applications and network services; create programmable network; improve resource utilization; and network thereby leading technologies to standardize computing platforms.

 “NFV is revolutionizing the Communications Service Provider world and being at a pivotal point for the communication industry, there is a definite opportunity for communication service providers to explore new markets and business models and this acquisition strengthens HP’s role in the rapidly expanding NFV market which is predicted to grow to $11Bn by 2018," says Saar Gillai, SVP, NFV HP.