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NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: Docker, Ericsson, NTT DoCoMo, Qosmos

By Paula Bernier March 07, 2015

The biggest news in network functions virtualization and software-defined networking this week was the forward momentum of Docker—which this week announced that it is buying SocketPlane—and carrier commentary about NFV and SDN out of this week’s enormous Mobile World Congress event, which had 90,000 attendees this time around.

While tiny SocketPlane has just six employees and has only been around since the fourth quarter of last year, Docker apparently believes the company will help it advance its Linux container strategy related to NFV.

More interesting than the SocketPlane acquisition news, however, is what Docker is doing, and the array of other companies that are talking about, and tying into, its solution. Docker was part of the bulk of discussions at the most recent OpenStack Summit, Scott Johnston, senior vice president of product at Docker, told NFVZone in a recent interview. He also pointed out there are now the Nova plugin and Heat driver for Docker, and that several service providers are doing proof-of-concept work related to Docker and Linux containers. A growing list of leading telecom suppliers—including Ericsson, Oracle, and even VMware—are also now singing the praises of the Docker approach.

Linux containers promise better performance, portability, and speed than virtual machines, according to Johnston. However, he admits, with containers you may get more API and application complexity because more containers equates to more things to manage.

As noted earlier, several service providers were at Mobile World Congress this week talking about their activities and plans related to network virtualization. While that list included AT&T, DT, and Telefonica, according to Ovum, it also included one carrier that used the Barcelona event to actually name its NFV suppliers. That carrier is NTT DoCoMo, and its NFV suppliers include Ericsson, Fujitsu, and NEC.

In other NFV news this week, AGNITY said its virtualized application server and multimedia conferencing applications are now pre-integrated with the MediaEngine virtualized MRF from Radisys, Cobham Wireless demonstrated its LTE-A and NFV-based testing solutions, Qosmos joined the OPNFV, and Wind River announced a bevy of new NFV and SDN partnerships.

Executive Editor, TMC

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