Middle East telecom provider Etisalat announced today that it launched its first network functions virtualization (NFV) telco cloud, using Canonical’s Ubuntu OpenStack distribution, Arista’s switches, and Quanta servers.
Etisalat’s NFV cloud, located in Abu Dhabi, is a product of its corporate-wide program that launched in 2016 to help “cloudify the network,” as the carrier puts it. The program’s goal is to find a balance between the hardware-centric telecom services and the software-centric cloud services across the corporation.
Canonical has been trying hard to become a big name in NFV, so the deal is a nice feather in its cap. In addition to Ubuntu, Etisalat will be using Canonical’s Juju modeling and configuration tool as a virtual network function (VNF) manager.