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Huawei and Wind River Finalize NFV Integration Test

By Michael Guta November 30, 2015

The concept of network functions virtualization (NFV) was developed to accelerate the deployment of new network services by moving from propriety hardware appliances so they can run in software. The standardization of the technology led to testing to determine NFV architecture in different environments, which is what Huawei and Wind River just announced with the completion of an integration test in Xi'an, China.

The growth in digital technology has challenged existing networks, which is why NFV has become a critical component in addressing the ever-increasing demand from individual consumers and organizations. The standardization of the "open, cooperative, and innovative" principle of the NFV/SDN Open Labs gives operators a set of tools to validate and pre-integrate their hardware and software offerings to guarantee long term operational success and easier interoperability.

For telecom equipment manufacturers such as Huawei that are looking to provide the hardware as well as deploying an NFV based infrastructure, the Wind River Titanium Cloud partner ecosystem delivers optimized solutions to accelerate the time to market for products and services.

During this collaborative development between both companies, they were able to verify the integration capability of the NFV network architecture which validated the Titanium Server with Huawei’s FusionServer E9000 server, vEPC/vIMSsoftware and Management and Orchestration (MANO). The verification process required six types of use cases and 56 test cases, and according to Wind River, each and every test item passed the verification.

Because it was carried out with the Open Labs principles, the testing and verification that was performed by both companies will enhance the NFV integration service experience library so operators around the world can learn and adapt from the results.

“Service providers are looking for validated and market-ready, end-to-end NFV solutions. To address this need, collaboration across the ecosystem is essential. The successful validation shows the commitment of Huawei and Wind River to build an open and cooperative industry ecosystem for NFV network evolution,” said Jim Douglas, senior vice president of marketing at Wind River.

The Wind River Titanium Server is designed to accelerate the performance of virtual network functions (VNFs) by maintaining compatibility with all relevant APIs as well as host any guest operating system to save on capital and operating expenses. Using its application-ready software platform, it is able to run virtual functions with carrier grade reliability by supporting intensive performance, reliability and security requirements for global computing and communications networks.

The Titanium solution delivers carrier grade availability and reliability throughout the software stack with 99.9999 percent uptime guaranteed, delivering less than 30 seconds of annual downtime. This includes fast, secure virtual machine (VM) failover (50–100 times faster than IT virtualization) and improved security with VM protection groups—not available in IT solutions.

Wind River actively participates and is a leader in the industry standard initiatives, including Openstack, Open Virtualization Alliance, Open Network Foundation (ONF) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).




Edited by Rory J. Thompson

Contributing Writer

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