NEC, Red Hat to drive NFV through OpenStack

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NEC is working with open source company Red Hat to develop OpenStack based carrier grade NFV solutions including virtual evolved packet core (vEPC) and virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE).

The partnership builds on a collaboration lasting more than 10 years and aims to help operators take advantage of the potential of NFV. As well as the vEPC and vCPE, both companies will work on integrating and optimising Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with the cross-industry Open Platform for NFV.

Both companies said the partnership would deliver carrier grade and carrier-scale solutions, enabling operators to deliver new services quickly using data plane acceleration thanks to a co-developed Data Plane Development Kit. 

Atsuo Kawamura, Senior Vice President of NEC, claimed that offering an open-source solution would help drive the adoption of NFV amongst operators and promote more stable, high-quality virtual network functions.

Atsuo said: “Through our long-term and continued collaboration with Red Hat, we are working to build an open industry standard which has enormous potential for expanding awareness and adoption of NFV.

“NEC has commercially delivered SDN/NFV solutions, including vEPC and vCPE, and will continue driving innovation with broader virtualised network functions that promote greater agility, stability and security of services as well as new revenue creation while enabling a wide range of customers to significantly reduce the total cost of ownership.”

The new NFV capabilities will be included in the upcoming OpenStack Kilo release, the companies revealed.

Tim Yeaton, SVP Infrastructure Business Group at Red Hat, commented: “NFV offers tremendous potential to transform the telecommunications industry and radically change the way CSPs deliver solutions to their customers. 

“Through this expanded collaboration, Red Hat is excited to help meet CSP interest in NFV and open source cloud platforms - and more specifically, OpenStack, as they look for solutions to drive costs down and deliver new high value offerings.”

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