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Red Hat, Tata Consultancy Partner on NFV

By Paula Bernier June 01, 2015

One of the biggest names in open source has partnered with one of the world’s premier IT consulting and services outfits to deliver a network functions virtualization orchestration and test solution.

The solution is based on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. Tata Consultancy Services will help customers leverage that platform to expedite the validation of the characterization of NFV services, functional testing, orchestration, and the validation of service design. The resulting offer is called the TCS NFV Orchestration and Test Solution.

As discussed in a white paper published by Red Hat in January, communications service providers like the cablecos, satellite service providers, telcos, and others are moving away from proprietary systems to open source solutions. A 2012 Gatepoint Research survey noted in the paper says CSP executives believe existing proprietary systems hinder their ability to respond customer requirements and other market forces due to their lack of flexibility and interoperability (according to 52 percent of the CSP survey respondents), are too complex to manage (according to 49 percent), don’t offer operational and process efficiency (47 percent), don’t alleviate security concerns and slow application delivery (both 42 percent), result in higher total cost of ownership (39 percent), and can scale or performance as needed (38 percent).

“The disadvantages of proprietary systems are significant factors driving communication companies to invest in and migrate to open source,” according to the paper. “For instance, nearly half (48 percent) of the survey respondents indicated plans to migrate to an open cloud environment. The executives also indicated they are seeking an alternative to VMware and planning to invest in open source middleware.”

Open source software is attractive, as Red Hat notes, because it allows users to leverage the hundreds of thousands of developers – including those from the communications industry – in the community. And that allows for more innovation and rapid development.

Among the CSPs already benefitting from open source solutions is Sprint, according to the company, which launched an open source initiative with JBoss Enterprise Application Platform that cut costs to the tune of $4 million annually and allowed the company’s mission-critical business applications to become more agile.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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