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Nokia Leverages Radisys MRF for its Telco Cloud

By Paula Bernier February 22, 2016

Giant networking solutions provider Nokia has certified the Radisys Media Resource Function (MRF) for the Nokia Telco Cloud. This OpenStack solution can be used by communication service providers to easily spin up and down, and otherwise manage, virtualized MRF instances on the Nokia CloudBand NFV infrastructure platform.

The Nokia Telco Cloud includes a variety of offerings, including the AirFrame Data Center solution; the Nokia AirScale Cloud RAN; flexible service chaining; Liquid Core, which helps network operators address unpredictable traffic growth and expedite service time to market; and Cloud wise services, through which Nokia will provide integration, maintenance, and operations services for telco cloud solutions.

Nokia in June launched its AirFrame Data Center Solution. This platform consists of pre-integrated racks with ultra-dense servers, high-performance switches, and software-defined storage, all of which Nokia Networks has enhanced to address virtual network functions. This cloud-based solution merges the IT and telco domains to allow for virtualization of core applications to allow for more flexibility and scalability, and to pave the way for 5G cellular deployment by supporting mobile network virtual network functions, Nokia explained at the time.

That way, operators can implement NFV and expand into new business models, such as renting data center capacity for customers’ IT applications. And AirFrame Data Center Solution, the company says, is ready to support Nokia VNFs including the company’s recently unveiled Radio Cloud architecture (for flexible and highly scalable cloud-based radio access networks), and its OSS/CEM. The company recently opened a dedicated R&D facility for further data center technology development.

The company is also is keen on cloud RAN, an architecture through which mobile operators deploy radios in the network and move the functionality to the cloud through the deployment of virtual base stations.

“This approach allows operators to take advantage of processing aggregation and the dynamic allocation of resources from a central processing unit,” said Renuka Bhalerao, a senior product line manager for CellEngine & Trillium Software at Radisys, explaining in the upcoming April issue of INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, a TMC publication. “The result? Improved network efficiency, reduced power consumption, lower total cost of ownership, and reduced CapEx and OpEx.”




Edited by Rory J. Thompson

Executive Editor, TMC

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