The networks of communications service providers (CSPs) are facing overwhelming demand from all of their customers. Individual consumers are now using the same bandwidth enterprises used not that long ago, and enterprises have moved into multi-gigabit territory. This is leading to the major transformation of CSP network operations across the board as they mitigate their legacy systems. The collaboration announced between Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) and Red Hat is going to help CSPs accelerate the deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions based on fully open, production-ready and standards-based infrastructures.
As part of the collaboration, HPE is going to be providing its ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations, which will be incorporated with Red Hat's OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for CSPs.
Their goal is to encourage communications service providers around the world to adopt OpenStack, so they can offer their customers more choices through multiple commercial distributions, including both HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform. And because the Red Hat OpenStack Platform delivers a fully open source foundation for NFV deployments, CSPs will not run into the complexities and compatibility issues of legacy systems, as well as the their limitations when it comes to flexibility and scalability.
“With an open foundation for their NFV deployments, CSPs have access to a more flexible, agile, and scalable platform that can meet dynamic requirements, now and in the future. By bringing Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage to HPE's NFV solution, we are offering even more choice to CSPs as they transform and modernize their networks,” said Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, OpenStack, Red Hat.
With agility, flexibility and scalability playing a very big role in how organizations access and use IT and communications resources, HPE and Red Hat are helping CSPs acquire these capabilities by shifting resources to business innovation. Red Hat OpenStack Platform can access HPE VNF Onboarding Services and use HPE OpenNFV Labs for virtual network function (VNF) validation.
The HPE Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) System is a turnkey NFV infrastructure solution with a comprehensive platform integrated and pre-configured for quick, simple NFV deployment that includes the HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade – a carrier-scale open source based cloud management system. It lets communications service providers and network equipment providers (NEPs) migrate from proof of concepts and trials to live deployment of complete NFV solutions with pre-packaged, pre-integrated, pre-tested solutions for NFV.
These organizations can deploy NFV solutions with fully tested and integrated hardware and software with any size and scale as demand grows. And because they are part of the HPE OpenNFV program, the pre-configured kits are interoperable with third-party VNF providers, delivering a wide range of innovation and proven solutions.
According to HPE, the bundles are fully tested and they are designed as building blocks to scale out as needed, no matter how small their beginning. The HPE NFV System 1.4 for HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform is scheduled for availability in April 2017.
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