Cloud service providers (CSPs) face many challenges—increasing network requirements, heightened customer expectations, and a competitive landscape where over-the-top (OTT) solution providers are eroding traditional CSP revenue streams and leveraging CSP network investments. In response to these new realities, CSPs are seeking to become digital service providers (DSPs) by optimizing their connectivity-based offerings and creating value from new, innovative operating models. Becoming a DSP involves transforming their existing infrastructure and operations to drive the increased agility, efficiency, and innovation necessary to accelerate growth and enhance competitiveness.
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) believes a key enabler of the DSP journey to increased agility, efficiency, and innovation is the Telco Cloud. The vital building blocks of a Telco Cloud are a programmable network; common orchestration, policy, analytics, and control; and flexible service platforms. Network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) are important enablers of the programmable network and infrastructure foundation of a Telco Cloud, enabling rapid, flexible consumption and scaling of network resources—but only if CSPs can ensure that this virtualized infrastructure foundation delivers carrier-grade reliability and performance.
HPE’s approach to NFV is a multi-faceted program called OpenNFV, which provides a high-performance, carrier-grade NFV infrastructure and end-to-end service orchestration products and solutions, a rich ecosystem of VNF vendors that include the traditional network equipment providers (NEPs) and innovative independent software vendors (ISVs), a reference architecture to build multi-vendor solutions, and a network of global labs to test and validate these solutions for a faster deployment.
The Importance of Partnership
New NFV/SDN-based environments don’t exist in a vacuum. They need to align with existing operator networks. And operators should be able to manage new and traditional environments together easily. HPE OpenNFV partners can help operators accelerate service agility, unlock NFV innovation, and operate their networks more efficiently. Operators can then quickly add new capabilities to their portfolio to reach new markets and stand out from the competition.
HPE has unparalleled experience in large-scale IT transformation projects and is the perfect partner for CSPs embarking on their own tech evolutions. By establishing a partnership with HPE, CSPs can bring innovative capabilities to their customers through the open, ecosystem-centric HPE OpenNFV platform, capitalizing on innovative NFV solutions that are validated and optimized for Telco/CSP requirements.
Read HPE blog post, “It Takes an Ecosystem to Unlock NFV Transformation – You can’t do it Alone!”, and check out the HPE & Intel OpenNFV Ecosystem webinars on SDxCentral.