Wind River Builds NFV, SDN Partnerships

By Paula Bernier March 03, 2015

Wind River, which sells the Wind River Titanium Server software, announced an array of new NFV- and SDN-focused partnerships with leading communications organizations.

The company has joined forces with China Mobile to work on various projects involving NFV. That will include the creation of a virtualized cloud radio access network solution and small cell gateway. It will also entail work at China Mobile’s new test lab, which has a focus on OPNFV open source efforts.

One of the OPNFV projects’s key objectives is to develop an integrated and tested open source platform that can be used to investigate and demonstrate NFV functionality.

Wind River today also announced that it has added a handful of new partners to its Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem. That includes security company Check Point Software Technologies Ltd., SDN fabric provider ConteXtream, SDN-enabled packet-optical transport solution provider Cyan, Intel Security, application performance and security resilience solutions provider Ixia, virtual deep packet inspection provider Qosmos, and

network test company Spirent.

Existing Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem members were Artesyn, ASTRI, Brocade, GENBAND, HP, Kontron, Metaswich, Nakina, and Overture.

“In order to accelerate their NFV deployment and reduce schedule risk, service providers are looking for validated, market-ready end-to-end NFV solutions,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions at Wind River. “In collaboration with our ecosystem partners, we are addressing several of the industry’s toughest NFV challenges, such as management and orchestration, security, and testing.”

Sharon Barkai, co-founder of ConteXtream, at the recent ITEXPO Miami noted that NFV and SDN help bring cloud economics to telco service providers. By running software on standard servers, doing unification, and leveraging dynamically allocated resources, he explained, service providers can save costs and become more agile.

“Traditionally, each mobile network function ran on its own dedicated hardware,” John Donovan, senior executive vice president of AT&T Technology and Operations, noted in a blog posted today. “Now, we’re moving to a common platform running on off-the-shelf hardware, where unique functions happen in software. We can add capacity and capability much faster while reducing complexity and cost.”

Executive Editor, TMC

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