Lanner Electronics, NEC, and Netcracker this week announced they have joined forces around network functions virtualization and software-defined networking efforts. The companies at Mobile World Congress this week were demonstrating how their solutions can work together. That demo included the NEC/Netcracker Network-as-a-Service solution along with the Lanner vCPE Gateway.
“The combination of the Netcracker and Lanner vCPE solutions will help communications service providers and enterprise customers to simplify the deployment of new services,” said Jeans Tseng, Vice President of the Telecommunication Application Business Unit at Lanner Electronics. “The end-to-end service and network orchestration from Netcracker provides the framework to manage services dynamically, and the integration of the Lanner and Netcracker solution will bring an integrated and validated solution to the market.”
Current Analysis researcher David Snow recently named Netcracker the overall leader in the network functions virtualization management and orchestration arena and noted the comprehensiveness of its solution. NEC’s Netcracker has outfitted multiple live MANO deployments at the NFVO level, including integrations with carrier OSSs and strong BSS integration features, said Snow, principal analyst for IP services infrastructure at Current Analysis. He added that although Netcracker’s AVP and services offering may be a match for larger communications service providers, it may be overwhelming for smaller carriers.
Lanner this week also announced a proof of concept with Enea. That was built on OPNFV running on x86 and ARM-based commercial off the shelf hardware.
“As the world leader in network appliances, we engineer and manufacture vCPE devices based on x86 and ARM platforms,” said Tseng. “With validation through Enea’s NFV software, Lanner and Enea can deliver vCPE solutions optimized for next-gen hybrid NFV architecture and help accelerate time-to-market for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers.”
Lanner’s been doing quite a few show demonstrations lately. In early February, the company was at the RSA Conference demonstrating software-defined security along with Versa Networks. That effort involved Lanner’s vCPE device FW-7573. And the company recently worked with Intel to demo NFV network security performance. That leveraged the Lanner HTCA-6200 appliance.
Executive Editor, TMC
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