Cloud, SDN and Virtualization News, February 27th 2014

Alcatel-Lucent partners with Intel for Cloud Solutions

Specifically the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas to accelerate the development of three Alcatel-Lucent platforms optimized on Intel architecture to improve performance and scale:

  • Virtualized Radio Access Networks (RAN) portfolio, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless products.  The solution will enable operators to use general purpose platforms in configurations that will reduce TCO and increase operators’ ability to scale networks to satisfy mobile data demand with rapidly changing devices and applications.
  • Cloud Platform, developing and optimizing Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand™ NFV platform including joint contributions to the Open source community and a push to accelerate service provider testing, validation and deployment of NFV technology and products.
  • High-performance Packet Processing for advanced IP/MPLS platforms and functions to enable Alcatel-Lucent’s IP development team the insights required to use the features and capabilities of Intel® architecture to deliver improved performance in virtualized IP/MPLS functions.

AT&T introduces User-defined Network Cloud

The User-Defined Network Cloud is a transformative initiative.  Integrated through AT&T’s Wide Area Network (WAN) and utilizing Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and Software Defined Networks (SDN), as well as modern architectural and operational approaches, AT&T plans to simplify and scale its network by:

  • Separating hardware and software functionality;
  • Separating network control plane and forwarding planes; and
  • Improving management of functionality in the software layer.

Software Defined Networks shifts control of the network from hardware to software to remove physical limitations.  This creates a programmable network that is more flexible, efficient and aware of applications.  Network Function Virtualization moves network functions from hardware-based operations into something that can be done via software. This means that we can update network tasks remotely and more quickly without having to rely on specialized equipment.

Telefonica to use Alcatel-Lucent’s CloubBand NFV Platform

Alcatel-Lucent have signed a co-innovation agreement with Telefónica to drive innovation and adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by the telecommunications industry, building on the strength of a shared vision.

Dell expands Collaboration with RedHat for OpenStack NFV

The company is extending its collaboration with Red Hat announced in December 2013 to jointly engineer OpenStack-based NFV and SDN solutions for the telecom market segment. Dell is also collaborating with Calsoft Labs, an Alten Group company, to deliver NFV and SDN solutions that include the latest Dell OEM products.

Dell is taking its focus on NFV and SDN a step further by collaborating with industry partners including Red Hat and Calsoft Labs to help telcos capitalize on these transformative technology approaches.

Ericsson Partners with Telefonica for NFV

Ericsson and Telefonica announce the launch of a joint R&D program to understand, in-depth, the challenges and opportunities in network transformation during the coming decade, specifically in the areas of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and service provider Software Defined Networking (SDN). At the center of this initiative is the need to build more flexible and cost-efficient solutions, as well as to enable networks as true platforms for innovation.

  • Telefonica and Ericsson in joint R&D program for network virtualization
  • Partnership on network virtualization will shorten time-to-market and enable innovation for new network services with superior performance
  • Program to establish cross-industry view and contribute to standardization bodies 

HP launches OpenNFV

HP introduced OpenNFV, a comprehensive Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) program designed to help the telecommunications industry accelerate innovation and launch new services faster, easier and with less expense through the virtualization of telecommunications core networks and network functions.

The telecommunications industry is facing competitive pressure from over-the-top (OTT) players who are more agile, flexible and able to roll out revenue-generating services and appliances much faster than the communications service providers (CSPs). Additionally, CSPs are faced with the rapid growth of rich media applications, which is slowing voice revenue and exploding network traffic.

Telefonica to use Alcatel-Lucent’s CloubBand NFV Platform

Alcatel-Lucent have signed a co-innovation agreement with Telefónica to drive innovation and adoption of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) by the telecommunications industry, building on the strength of a shared vision.

  • Using Alcatel-Lucent’s CloudBand platform, the co-development program with Telefónica will define NFV-evolved architectures, identify and test different NFV scenarios and environments.
  • Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica will create a joint NFV research facility, sharing resources, experts and technology to develop, test and validate a network functions virtualization execution platform as part of their shared NFV vision.
  • The agreement involves joint investment, certification programs, engagement with other service providers and eventually participation in field trials. The agreement includes also the common research and definition of virtual RAN architectures.
  • As The Shift Plan industrially repositions Alcatel-Lucent as a specialist vendor of IP, cloud and ultra-broadband access, the agreement with Telefónica underlines the operator’s endorsement of this strategic direction, and the value it will bring to operators and service providers.

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