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Saguna Networks Bolsters its NFV Game

By Steve Anderson January 12, 2017

With network functions virtualization (NFV) showing no signs of slowing down any time soon in the market, the need for improving infrastructure on that front only grows along with it. Saguna Networks recently took a step in that direction as well, entering into a collaborative effort with Wind River to demonstrate that Saguna's Open-RAN mobile edge computing (MEC) solution was capable of running on Wind River's Titanium Server for a carrier-grade platform option.

Wind River's Titanium Server is already widely-known in the field as a particularly reliable tool in NFV infrastructure, allowing service providers to bring out more virtualized services and at lower overall costs. Titanium Server's reliability also allows for guaranteed uptime, which makes it popular with both end users and service providers. Those companies that attempt to validate hardware and software offerings with Titanium Server—like Saguna Networks recently did—can demonstrate their product lines' own reliability in the field and improve the likelihood of purchase down the line.

Saguna's Open-RAN system not only has validation with Wind River Titanium Server—which would make it attractive in its own right—but also allows users to create a complete open ecosystem inside an existing radio access network (RAN), which opens up new options for service provision and monetization for network operators. Reports note that Internet of Things (IoT) applications are possible with Open-RAN, as well as enterprise services and even some augmented reality concepts.

Wind River's senior director of business development Charlie Ashton commented, “Mobile Edge Computing is an emerging standard that extends the virtualized infrastructure into the mobile Radio Access Network (RAN). To deploy MEC in their networks, Service Providers and TEMs are looking for validated and market-ready solutions. With validation through our Titanium Cloud program, we are collaborating with leaders like Saguna to create optimized, interoperable solutions. The Carrier Grade NFV infrastructure provided by the Titanium Server for MEC enables service providers to quickly and effectively deploy revenue generating MEC services in their network.”

It's the kind of thing that works well on all sides. By offering this interoperability program, Wind River demonstrates why Titanium Server is the product to have on hand by showing an ever-growing lineup of products and services that work with this platform, keeping it fresh and vital, drawing in new customers and maintaining the old. Meanwhile, any firm that becomes interoperable with Wind River can get access to the large market of Wind River buyers, improving the chance of future sales and gaining opportunities to breach new markets without tedious cold-calling.

Win-win situations can be tough to come by, but with Wind River providing a steadily-growing base for NFV operations, as well as other similar operations, the end result should prove to be a hit for all concerned.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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