For those who recognize the name GENBAND—which is easily recognizable for those who follow the real time communications market—it might be a surprise to see this company push into the network functions virtualization (NFV) space. That's just what's going on, however, as it announced it was collaborating with several major names to step up its presence in NFV.
GENBAND was set to collaborate with industry heavyweights like Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Wind River, to put together a line of solutions that would be on display at the upcoming Mobile World Congress (MWC) event. One of these new systems involves a multi-cloud voice over LTE (VoLTE) system that takes GENBAND's current line of virtual network functions (VNFs), as well as its VNF Manager, and adds these to HPE's Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade environment. This combination allows for rapid deployment of services on cloud environments, even those that are widely scattered by geography.
Further, Wind River's Titanium Cloud system will serve as a demonstration platform for GENBAND's line of session border controller (SBC) VNFs, along with VNF Manager. The combined effort will provide users with a new slate of secure interconnect features, as well as access-based communications services like VoLTE interconnects as well as session initiation protocol (SIP) trunking systems. Since GENBAND's VNF portfolio is built around an Intel architecture, that should make the whole process of integration and collaborative development a lot easier overall.
GENBAND's chief technology officer for network, Paul Miller, commented, “We are excited to leverage the HPE Helion OpenStack platform and Wind River Titanium Cloud for our MWC NFV demonstrations. In addition to their carrier-grade capabilities both platforms offer the advanced support and high availability features that are needed for telco cloud deployments. NFV is all about closely working within ecosystems to enable service providers to bring differentiated services to market quickly with network and operational efficiencies.”
That's a lot of development to take in, and it proves that GENBAND is committed to a heavily diversified portfolio, a point that should be a comfort for those looking at GENBAND's overall market longevity. It's possible, of course, to diversify excessively and lose focus sufficiently to collapse all the efforts involved. Thankfully, GENBAND's expansion efforts seem to be run along previous expansion lines, which means these are comparatively natural outgrowths of current operations, allowing for some mingling of focus and what should be a positive end result.
In the end, this should mean some valuable new efforts for GENBAND, and some great new opportunities for its customers as well. The collaborators, meanwhile, should be just as happy to bring their own useful tools in on GENBAND's likewise useful product line.
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