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Japanese CSP to Use VMware's vCloud for NFV Solution

By Paula Bernier July 17, 2015

VMware Inc. this week revealed it has been tapped by Tokyo-based service provider Internet Initiative Japan Inc. to provide its vCloud for NFV platform for the IIJ’s virtual CPE service, which is set to go live in September.

The IIJ Omnibus Service, as it will be called, will leverage high-performance routers and VPN gateway services. Virtualization, the IIJ explains, will make this solution more affordable and agile than competing solutions on the market.

Kiyoshi Ishida, executive managing officer - product division director at IIJ, commented: "When IIJ decided to extend its virtualized platform to support network functions, we saw VMware's production-proven technologies and professional service capabilities as the most reliable and fastest route to market."

VMware vCloud for NFV leverages the vendor’s virtualized compute, management, networking, and storage solutions, and supports OpenStack.

Speaking of OpenStack, Vincent Untz, project manager at SUSE, wrote in the April issue of TMC’s INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine that in the past two years the number of OpenStack foundation members has grown to more than 18,000 individual members, more than 140 countries, and more than 2,500 contributing developers. One of the primary goals of the OpenStack project is to reduce its barrier to entry for contributors, he said, which helps explain the extraordinary growth of the project. By trying all the tools OpenStack has to offer, developers will quickly understand OpenStack is a project that values and incorporates contributions and participation from truly anywhere.

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However, as Swamy Vasudevan, CTO of cloud, SDN, and NFV for Ericsson, recently told NFV Zone, when NFV appeared on the scene, all implementations were focused around OpenStack and VMs in a move to emulate what Amazon had already achieved with its Amazon Web Services architecture. Now operators are taking a step back because that method is taking a long time to deliver what they want, Vasudevan added, explaining that the container approach (like that put forward by Docker) leverages a single OS and one instance but is still scalable and more dynamic. In fact, he says, Facebook and Google already use containers in some of their applications, and some of the tier 1 service providers in the last three to four years have been sending their people to Silicon Valley to find out more about those operations.

VMware has embraced containers, OpenStack, and is known for pioneering VMs.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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