We’re not quite done reporting on Light Reading‘s Big Telecom Event (BTE), which ended Wednesday. But we thought we’d take a minute to summarize some of the news announcements that came out during and around the show. Most involve network functions virtualization (NFV), a concept that’s near to carriers’ hearts and is rapidly approaching deployability:
… RAD Data demonstrated, and announced commercial availability of, the distributed NFV (D-NFV) idea it announced in October. The idea is to house virtualized network functions (VNFs) in a network demarcation device on the customer premises, rather than in the cloud. It’s part of an ETSI proof-of-concept (PoC) sponsored by CenturyLink and called “centerless” NFV — because it allows for NFV deployments without a data center involved.
… Overture introduced Harmony, a new NFV partner ecosystem that has 10 inaugural members and focuses on service provider automation at the metro service edge. Initial partners are 6WIND, Aeroflex, Brocade, Dell, EnterpriseWeb, Intel, JDSU, Metaswitch Networks, Qosmos, and Wind River. In addition to launching Harmony, Overture also recently joined Intel Network Builders and Cyan’s Blue Orbit partner programs.
… Huawei showcased its latest commercial SDN/NFV applications at BTE. The company highlighted products and projects including next-gen IT infrastructure for Telefónica, SDN application cases for multiple major telecom operators, and its own CloudEdge solution for NFV.
… Telco Systems unveiled its new SDN/NFV strategy, which aims to harness the emerging technologies to help providers transition from basic connectivity to being able to offer content-aware networks. The strategy is built around the company’s Open Metro Edge (OME) SDN and NFV products, which can position virtual networking functions (VNFs) anywhere in the network and be orchestrated by a central telco controller.
… Amartus’ software-defined services (SDS) platform, Chameleon, now integrates with OpenStack. Demonstrated at BTE, the new release allows operators to introduce cloud service components without new code, recompilation, or platform testing. Through the integration, Chameleon SDS can leverage compute, network, storage and software resources managed by OpenStack and combine them with reliable, guaranteed WAN network services.
And here’s our other news coverage from the show:
- Google Wants Open-Source Help for Policy-Based SDN
- How Tail-f Fits Into Cisco’s SDN and NFV Plans
- How NFV, if Done Right, Will Fuel Deutsche Telekom’s Transformation