Red Hat has announced that it is promoting Network Function Virtualization technology in the OpenStack cloud computing platform.
The company said in an official blog post that NFV “continues to be a driving force in the OpenStack community as more telecommunications companies adopt OpenStack as a vehicle to build their own virtualized platform solutions. As OpenStack has increasingly developed in the carrier space, NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) have garnered increased attention from customers in the telecommunications and service provider fields.”
OpenStack is an open source project to build a cloud computing environment that has involved a number of other major players in the tech industry. OpenStack is typically deployed in an Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) configuration: meaning that it comes with all the building blocks needed to host applications but doesn’t provide any applications to end users.
It’s well-suited to areas where organizations need a lot of power and the ability to create custom applications, such as in scientific computing.
Red Hat is touting its NFV OpenStack contributions to telecom operators wanting to simplify their networks while increasing security. The company has already implemented the new NFV features in its Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform 7 distribution. It makes use of OpenStack’s Neuron component to offer NFV capability.
Cloud computing and NFV seem like a natural combination. Both are attempts to consolidate lots of physical servers into virtual machines where they can be more easily managed from a central location.
This is a combination that telcos could find irresistible, since they have a lot of clients that they need to secure over a lot of complex networks that are becoming unwieldy to manage.
Red Hat’s contributions will also be available for anyone running OpenStack, no matter which distribution of Linux they’re running. For more information on Red Hat’s business practices and the future of development, be sure to catch Red Hat’s Chris Van Tuin at his ITEXPO presentation, “A DevOps State of Mind.”
The OpenStack alliance has brought together a number of rivals: Dell and HP, Cisco and Juniper, even Canonical, the creator of the popular Ubuntu distribution and along with Red Hat, one of the premier open source enterprise companies.
When it comes to implementing strategies for digital transformation (DX), there are nearly as many methods as there are companies using them.
The Network Functions Platform is designed to provide enterprises, as well as MSPs and CSPs, with a seamless migration path towards NFV.
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