Oracle and Intel Join Hands to Introduce NFV Platform to Help CSPs Scale Faster

By CIOReview | Friday, March 27, 2015

FREMONT, CA: Oracle and Intel have joined hands to introduce a software-defined Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) platform in a bid to help communication service providers (CSPs) achieve enhanced network agility and significantly reduce operational costs.

Jeffrey Burt, for eWeek notes that the project led by Oracle is based on OpenStack cloud management stack, and optimizes its Communications Network Service Orchestration solution for Intel Open Network Platform (ONP).

Oracle Communications Network Service Orchestration is a part of the Oracle Communications intelligent orchestration framework that facilitates visual composition and on-boarding of network service templates as well as instantiation and management of network service lifecycle. It enables the scaling of network services over various virtual network functions (VNFs) and integrates with external systems with the assistance of RESTful APIs.

Integrating with Oracle’s software, Intel ONP is an application-ready solution which comprises the support of the open software community, commercial software, integration alliances and industry standard bodies. With NFV, tasks like load balancing, firewalls, intrusion detection and prevention can be transferred from switches and routers to commodity hardware, which, in this case would take the form of Intel based systems.

This latest move which involves the coming together of two companies focused on making SDN a reality, aims to enable CSPs to build and deploy services in accordance with consumer demands, at a faster rate while ensuring that the performance remains unaffected.

“It takes the theory of delivering carrier-grade capabilities in a commercial data center and turns it into reality. We've proven that we can orchestrate services and network functions from the top of the management and orchestration (MANO) stack all the way to individual network processors, and we can do it at scale,” says Liam Maxwell, Vice President of Products, Oracle Communications.