As global telecom providers accelerate adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) to increase network agility and reduce costs, OpenStack has emerged as a leading NFV infrastructure platform. A new report from the OpenStack Foundation outlines how OpenStack supports NFV, and it examines business cases driving adoption and deployment in telecom networks today.
In the OpenStack Foundation NFV report, “OpenStack Foundation Report: Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack,” looks at how NFV and OpenStack can provide an agile, scalable, and rapidly maturing platform with compelling technical and business benefits for telecommunications providers and enterprise network operators. OpenStack for NFV users AT&T, Verizon, Deutsche Telekom, NTT Group, SK Telecom, and Bloomberg describe how OpenStack is instrumental in their NFV implementations.
Telecom environments and NFV have stringent requirements in the areas of scaling and performance; faster and more deterministic responses to failures; and IPv6 and other specific features. As an open-source virtualization platform, OpenStack drew early attention from telecommunications companies and networking vendors as a platform for NFV. Both the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the Linux Foundation collaborative project OPNFV have defined specifications and released reference platforms for NFV that use OpenStack.
The paper looks at how the OpenStack community has been working through multiple channels to optimize OpenStack software for NFV use cases. The report examines:
- Detailed operational and technical benefits that network operators expect from NFV implementation.
- How the open, modular, and interoperable framework of the OpenStack software offers telecoms and enterprises the ability to design NFV systems using common APIs, policies and interfaces.
- How the primary OpenStack projects are evolving to meet telecom requirements for carrier-grade performance, scalability, and resilience.
- How the OpenStack community turns telecom NFV requirements into OpenStack blueprints and new projects.
While NFV is still in its infancy as a technology, its benefits are compelling enough for some of the world’s largest communications companies and enterprise network operators to begin deploying it in their networks today. The report describes specific projects, use cases, and other experiences from the aforementioned major carriers and enterprises.
Download a copy of the OpenStack Foundation Report: Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack today!