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Wind River Titanium Cloud Adds New Branch of Its Ecosystem in InfoVista

By Steve Anderson July 10, 2015

Corporate ecosystems have been known to change, especially when new, complementary products and services come along that can offer customers a better experience. In the field of network functions virtualization (NFV), Wind River Titanium Cloud recently made an addition of its own. Specifically, it added InfoVista to its lineup, and that addition should provide plenty of new power to the Wind River system.

InfoVista was already well-known as a major force in both Internet protocol (IP) and radio frequency (RF) network planning, so its addition to the Wind River ecosystem will help provide a lot of help for users. More specifically, InfoVista's application performance guarantee virtual engines will help drive better time-to-revenue numbers on application-aware network services thanks to the use of NFV. With Wind River's solution line, companies get a smoother path to reaching market with new services, and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) get a likewise smoothed path as well.

Meanwhile, InfoVista gets some significant advantages here, joining part of a much larger operation geared toward helping communications service providers (CSPs), and any other operation with a focus on IT, to make that jump to an NFV-focused environment. It's a great opportunity for the company to show off some of its best material, like the new virtual engine that uses Ipanema's application visibility, application control, wide-area network (WAN) optimization and more to help drive a single virtual platform of operation. This is an opportunity that InfoVista was previously seen engaging in when it joined HP's OpenNFV application partner program, and should give InfoVista a lot more credibility where issues of NFV are concerned.

Wind River's senior director of business development for network solutions, Charlie Ashton, offered up comment around the new addition to the ecosystem, saying “Service providers are looking for validated and market-ready, end-to-end NFV solutions. To address this need, collaboration across the ecosystem is essential. Through our Titanium Cloud program, we are providing a foundation for carrier-grade NFV infrastructure that service providers can leverage with pre-integrated and validated NFV elements from industry-leaders like InfoVista.”

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Generally, new additions to product ecosystems are positive for all concerned. The primary ecosystem adds a new and useful part to its own systems, making it a better, more viable product overall and better able to compete in a market where there may be several competitors going for a comparatively limited amount of business. Meanwhile, the various parts of the ecosystem get access to markets such might not have ordinarily had access to, allowing the possibility for other sales elsewhere or even referrals to other firms who might have a need. It allows for a bolstering of competitive advantage as well, as companies can readily say “look how well we worked for X company”, and provide that little extra bit that might get a purchase order signed.

The new connection between InfoVista and Wind River should prove to work out well for all concerned, and NFV in general should get a boost from this new operation that makes it easier to move more systems to a virtualized environment.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing NFVZone Writer

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