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Wind River, China Mobile collaborate on NFV

Posted: 04 Mar 2015     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Network functions virtualisation  open source 

Software company Wind River and service provider China Mobile have agreed to team on several Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) projects. The collaboration includes a new NFV test lab and the development of small cell gateway and cloud radio access network (C-RAN) solutions.

China Mobile has created a new test lab, based on the OPNFV open source project, focusing on accelerating NFV through an integrated, open platform. The OPNFV lab provides diverse hardware and software infrastructure for open standards-based testing and integration, as well as live network access. Wind River is one of the founding partners of the test lab. The lab is able to provide commercial grade NFV platforms, including Wind River Titanium Server software, to support open source development and testing. Offering a rich environment for the testing and evaluation of commercial NFV platforms, the lab provides a variety of participation opportunities for a diverse range of partners across the ecosystem.

In the showcase of its joint virtualised small cell gateway technology, China Mobile and Wind River have demonstrated the feasibility of creating high-performance data plane virtual network functions (VNFs) at a considerably lower cost and with greatly improved flexibility. As data traffic continues to grow at an exponential rate, small cell base stations are an increasingly attractive option to help expand network capacity.

The virtualised small cell gateway solution features the ASTRI Small Cell Gateway as a VNF on Wind River Titanium Server, running on the Intel Xeon processor. The ASTRI gateways are designed for offload signalling and mobility management to the mobile core network and were pre-validated and optimised for performance with Titanium Server, a carrier grade NFV infrastructure software solution that is designed to meet the stringent "always on" requirements of the telecom industry.

"The industry is adopting NFV models in order to quickly deploy new services and achieve greater operational cost savings. However, performance and system reliability cannot be sacrificed. It is essential to maintain carrier grade requirements," said Zhiqiang Yang, deputy general manager of China Mobile Research Institute. "By working with Wind River, we have made a meaningful step in this promising direction."

"Data traffic is pushing networks to their limits and operators are looking to deploy NFV technologies for flexible deployment of network applications and services. The complexities around NFV are multi-faceted, and in order to make real progress, it is essential to collaborate with industry leaders like China Mobile," said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions at Wind River. "Wind River Titanium Server delivers carrier grade virtualisation for NFV infrastructure, helping to enable service providers to gain new flexibility, scalability, and operational cost and energy benefits."

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