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Enea Shows Off its New Open Platform for NFV Project Brahmaputra

By Steve Anderson April 18, 2016

The developments keep mounting in the field of network functions virtualization (NFV), and Enea recently announced plans to show off one new development for open-platform NFV (OPNFV) at an upcoming trade event. Turning to its new Pharos-compliant NFV Lab, the company developed a new software release known as Brahmaputra, and Brahmaputra's got quite a bit to show off.

Brahmaputra runs on Advanced RISC Machines (ARM)-based hardware, and represents a significant advance over its predecessor, Arno. More specifically, Brahmaputra contains a slate of updated components, adding a set of new features to the OPNFV ecosystem as a whole. It's also delivering new advancements in testing, infrastructure, and more, allowing users to speed up development cycles and get more products into play in the amount of time it took to develop fewer such products.

This makes Brahmaputra the kind of thing that should be appearing on several classes of company's short lists, including those dealing in telecom equipment, as well as operators and those who handle virtualized network functions (VNFs) as part of normal operations. With Brahmaputra, said companies can get access to a ready means to outsource development  in NFV, either completely or partially.

As for the demonstration itself, Enea will be showing a system that can support a complete network of VNFs that generate traffic, and the traffic will then be routed through a Deep Packet Inspection (DPI) application.

This demonstration should catch a lot of attention; with NFV development on the rise, anything that can speed up development processes should be the kind of thing that catches and holds attention from businesses either involved in the development or use of NFV. The more competitors there are in the field, the more likely concurrent development is taking place. Chances are there are two or more companies working on developments that are shockingly similar, and the first-mover advantage means that the entire field is taken by the one who gets there first with the most. That's a potential for a lot of ultimately wasted development resources, and a reason to have a means to speed up development on hand. Plus, a company that can develop a reputation for being a rapid developer can better draw investors and improve its perception among customers as well.

A tool like Brahmaputra can be a huge advantage in the field, and the kind of thing a lot of businesses will want to get hands on. Those who can use this system will likely want to move quickly into bringing it into play, as it could represent a major edge in development and a potential competitive advantage market-wide.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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