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Cloud ecosystem promises faster NFV deployment

Posted: 20 Jun 2014     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Wind River  network functions virtualisation  NFV  cloud  server platform 

Wind River has introduced its Titanium Cloud ecosystem program for Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server. Through this program, Wind River and its partners will ensure the availability of optimised, interoperable hardware and software solutions that speed time-to-market for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) deploying infrastructure based on network functions virtualisation (NFV). Five industry leaders in NFV have announced their participation in the program: Brocade, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Nakina Systems and Overture; with additional partners to follow.

Like its Titanium namesake, the Wind River ecosystem will build rock-solid solutions based on the Carrier Grade Communications Server platform. Working closely with Wind River telecommunications experts, Titanium Cloud partners will optimise their standard products, available now, to fully utilise the features of the Wind River platform.

Carrier Grade Communications Server is an integrated portfolio of software elements that enables NFV infrastructure to achieve the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks. Legacy networks deliver six-nines (99.9999 per cent) reliability, or no more than 30 seconds downtime per year. Platforms based on enterprise-class software designed for IT applications, however, typically achieve only three-nines (99.9 per cent), or almost nine hours of downtime per year, which would result in excessive costs and revenue loss. Carrier Grade Communications Server is the only commercial NFV server solution that enables service providers to maintain six-nines reliability as they transition to virtualized infrastructure, allowing them to meet "always on" expectations, stated the company. In addition, by accelerating the performance of virtual network functions (VNFs) and providing features that simplify the instantiation, management and maintenance of VNFs, Carrier Grade Communications Server enables customers to reduce both capital expenses (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) as they progressively deploy NFV in their networks.

Through its Titanium Cloud ecosystem program, Wind River works with industry-leading hardware and software companies to develop an ecosystem of interoperable standard products optimised for deployment with Carrier Grade Communications Server. Service providers and TEMs can select these products with the confidence that they have been pre-integrated, validated with Carrier Grade Communications Server, and available for deployment in live networks, providing proven solutions that span multiple layers within the overall NFV architecture and reduce both time-to-market and schedule risk for companies deploying end-to-end infrastructure. Beyond telecom networks, the program also brings the benefit of high-reliability infrastructure to mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) applications across markets such as healthcare, industrial and automotive.

Developed by telecom experts, Carrier Grade Communications Server is based on Wind River Open Virtualization with Wind River Linux, optimised real-time Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM++), carrier grade enhancements to OpenStack, and Intel Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK) accelerated vSwitch technologies.





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