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ZTE Joins OPNFV as Platinum Member

By Casey Houser November 24, 2014

The Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization, OPNFV, is a new, open-source reference platform where developers interested in the proliferation of NFV can gather to contribute information to standards that seek to ensure open-source components work together and perform in a consistent manner.

The project recently announced that ZTE, a software-defined networking and NFV-focused company that has contributed to the advancement of these technologies for some time, has joined OPNFV as a Platinum member. As part of its Platinum status, Dick Chen, principal architect of corporate CTO group at ZTE, will join the OPNFV Board of Directors and Jun Zhang, a radio network architect at ZTE, will join the OPNFV Technical Steering Committee.

Dr. Xainming Zhao, the CTO of ZTE, commented on the state of the NFV market and the effect that global collaboration will have on its future.

“The market is embracing SDN and NFV, which opens doors for many opportunities for the industry to innovate and provide new services much faster,” Zhao said. “Industry-wide collaboration on an open NFV platform will allow us to address critical concerns upfront and build a common reference platform. This will establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software.”

With its entry into the fray, ZTE will join a number of other companies who also hold Platinum status. These companies include AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, and Vodafone.

NFV allows network applications of many types to operate according to the demands of software—a jump from the traditional method of controlling applications through hardware. By creating classes of network nodes that can operate across a variety of virtual machines, NFV makes it possible for various hardware to work together. All because software allows routers, multimedia subsystems, and content delivery networks, among many other applications, to play nicely with one another.

This is where the OPNFV becomes important. Without standards governing the manner in which network nodes operate, the efforts of one group regarding NFV could conflict with any other group's efforts. Although the potential for collaboration remains present, a lack of standards could see individual efforts derail the technology as a whole. In order to allow NFV to grow, ZTE and the other companies involved with the OPNFV will need to work together to create standards that everyone is willing to follow.




Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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