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HP and NEC: Accelerating Adoption of NFV Technology

By Joe Rizzo July 16, 2015

What was once called the Mobile Asia Expo is now referred to as the Mobile World Congress Shanghai, which is currently running this week. One of the many announcements that was made at this year’s event was the combination of the HP OpenNFV Platform with NEC’s virtualized network functions and management systems.

HP and NEC will be collaborating in an effort to advance the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) technology by communications service providers (CSPs). The integrated offering will incorporate HP hardware, such as HP servers, as well as networking and storage products.

Senior vice president for the NEC Corporation, Atsuo Kawamura, said "NFV technologies enable flexible, scalable and operationally efficient service deployment that will transform conventional network operations. NEC has a track record of expertise in commercially delivering SDN/NFV solutions for mobile and fixed networks. This collaboration with HP will help us further strengthen our NFV solutions portfolio to help CSPs bring new innovative services to market more quickly and efficiently."

The idea behind this partnership is that the combination of the HP OpenNFV Platform with NEC’s virtualized network functions and management systems will give CSPs the ability to offer effective carrier-grade, open source-based NFV solutions.

According to Werner Schaefer, who is vice president of Network Functions Virtualization at HP, "CSPs are looking for ways to easily implement NFV technology. Our collaboration with NEC is intended to create more open environments for customers, meeting their desire for faster deployment at a lower cost, continuing our commitment to enabling increased adoption of NFV technology."

By integrating with HP OpenNFV Platform, including HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade, NEC will be able to offer its virtual network functions. In addition, this collaboration will provide a pre-validated solution designed to deliver the reliability, scalability and performance CSPs require.

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In addition, it will verify proper integration with HP industry standard infrastructure products. What will be available to telecom operators is the flexibility to scale or add new services, as per the European Telecommunications Standards Institute NFV Industry Specification Group.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is an independent, not-for-profit, standardization organization in the telecommunications industry, including equipment makers and network operators, in Europe.

The ETSI Industry Specification Group for Network Functions Virtualization (ETSI ISG NFV), is a group charged with developing requirements and architecture for virtualization for various functions within telecoms networks.

The bottom line will be that integrated, pre-validated, carrier-grade solutions will become available to telcos, enabling them to launch services much faster and considerably more cost effectively.

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

NFVZone Contributing Writer

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