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New NFV Offerings Afoot from HPE

By Steve Anderson March 03, 2017

With an increasing amount of services going digital, many digital service providers are stepping up operations and bringing out more services to meet growing demand. Network functions virtualization (NFV) is one such point of increasing demand, and Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) is bringing out some fresh new products in that field, updating its portfolio in the face of growing demand.

The updates include several new points, including HPE NFV System 1.4, which offers an update to the pre-integrated NFV bundle. With the new update, the system now has support for several alternatives, including the OpenStack Platform and the Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade 4.0 system. The HPE OpenSDN controller, built around OpenDaylight, is now integrated in as a result.

Further, HPE now offers the VNF Onboarding Factory Service system, a tool that allows communications service providers (CSPs) to make offering virtual network functions (VNFs) faster, which should in turn speed up adoption of NFV systems. Additionally, the HPE Virtual Headend Manager offers new content deployment options for Internet protocol television (IPTV) systems, which makes for better customer experience and, in turn, better chances for improved revenue to go with it.

Finally, there's the new addition to HPE Virtualized NonStop, a new subscriber data management (SDM) tool specifically geared toward high fault tolerance. With such a system in place, building new, personalized services becomes not only a much faster operation, but also a less expensive one.

HPE's vice president and general manager of communications solutions business David Sliter noted, “As carriers transform into digital service providers, one of their biggest priorities is to establish a solid network foundation and flexible service platforms. With HPE NFV solutions, carriers can implement a programmable infrastructure, providing the agility of the telco cloud and ability to scale their service deliveries to be more responsive to customer demand.”

This is a good stance for HPE to take going forward; it's clear that demand for NFV systems isn't abating as more customers discover the value in using virtual services over maintaining large-scale in-house operations for many of these functions. With HPE's new toolset, it will have a better chance of claiming a share of the market involved in the move to NFV, and the moves within the field for companies that have already made the move to NFV.

HPE's lineup should prove welcome in the long run, and should give its users a lot of added value. This should also give HPE a leg up and allow for further development to keep a virtuous cycle in the making going strong.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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