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Overture Networks Adds Five Members to Harmony Partner Ecosystem

By Casey Houser September 09, 2015

Overture Networks, provider of the Ensemble OSA network functions virtualization (NFV) management platform, recently announced that it has added five new members to its Harmony Partner Ecosystem.

EdgeTeam Technology, Fortinet, Silver Peak, Sonus and Supermicro arrive as the latest additions to the Harmony collective. These partners work directly with service providers to expand their options for NFV functions and management. Ensemble OSA can operate in-house, in the cloud, or as a hybrid to give service providers the control they need over their own networks. Brian Irish, the director of marketing at Overture, commented on his company's announcement and the services these partners will offer.

“When service providers virtualize their environments, they want the ability to choose best-of-breed VNFs, choose where to place those network functions— centralized, distributed, hybrid—and manage the VNF service life cycle quickly and efficiently as business requirements change,” Irish said. “We are excited to be working with these new members and our existing Harmony partners to provide the industry with even more options and greater flexibility for service virtualization.”

It is almost unfair to describe the software defined networking and NFV markets as “booming.” That word does not seem to fully describe the growth it is expected to experience—86 percent compound annual growth rate through 2020. Given that amount of expansion, global revenue in those markets could jump from two billion to 45 billion in just five years. North America will likely lead the charge; Asia-Pacific is expected to grow the fastest and replace Europe as the biggest market contributor.

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This should translate to big business for all partners in the Harmony program. Service providers will continue looking for ways to improve their performance and expand their available features. The way forward is with NFV and the virtualization of all business components. Software will handle provision of services to customers in a split second, making delivery nearly instant for everything from business to consumer applications.

Each of the five newcomers listed above have their hands in a range of new technologies. They focus on cloud computing, network virtualization, mobile data, and network security, among many others. Their presence in the Harmony program should do well and benefit Overture in the years to come as they all see growth in their chosen market.

Contributing Writer

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