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Red Hat, Amdocs to Assist Telecoms with Migration to Cloud

By Casey Houser February 26, 2016

Red Hat, developer of its well-known Linux distribution for enterprises, has announced its partnership with Amdocs, which creates software for telecommunications companies, to combine the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with the Amdocs Network Cloud Service Orchestrator.

The result of this combined effort is intended to help communication service providers make the switch from physical networks to cloud-based networks. On their own Red Hat Enterprise provides its users with a cloud-based infrastructure for managing a public or private business cloud; Amdocs’ Orchestrator helps users create and manage network services, created as virtual network functions, that work with major software-defined networking (SDN) controllers. Together, the Amdocs’ product will work atop Red Hat’s to give telecoms a complete set of tools for constructing virtual networks of their own.

Radhesh Balakrishnan, the general manager of OpenStack and Red Hat, commented that the combination of these products will offer service providers an effective choice in how they deploy services within their own organizations and to their customers. Balakrishnan said its use could allow services to deploy faster than operators were previously capable, and that will have the potential to give them an edge against competitors.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes to users with kernel-based virtual machine hypervisor that, the company claims, translates to a more reliable and secure foundation for the operating system. The company has acknowledged the growing demand for SDN from telecommunications companies and service providers. TMC notes that a primary advantage of using virtual machines is that telecoms can consolidate groups of physical servers into software-based servers that IT admins can manage from a central location. The use of software not only promotes quick service deployment; it also makes operations more efficient by offering increase control through remote software.

Amdocs said it has tested its Orchestrator with Red Hat Enterprise in a number of trials that utilizes network functions virtualization (NFV) with the highest rated telecommunications companies across the globe. It has affected virtual customers premises equipment, the mobile evolved packet core, and the IP multimedia subsystem as just the beginning of its capability.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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