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Group of Six Creates CloudNFV Initiative

By Paula Bernier August 14, 2013

Network functions virtualization is really taking off. Yet another illustration of that fact is the formation of yet another NFV industry group. This one is called the CloudNFV initiative.

CloudNFV aims to serve as a platform by which industry players can test the integration of cloud computing, software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, and the Telemanagement Forum management. CloudNFV can deploy assets like firewall or load balancing on a per-customer basis or as infrastructure services such as CDN or IMS to be shared among a community of users.

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Founding members of CloudNFV include research and consulting firm CIMI Corp., Dell, EnterpriseWeb, Overture Networks, Qosmos and 6WIND. The CloudNFV initiative, which will follow the specs already laid out by ETSI’s NFV Industry Specification Group, has adopted an architecture that leverages Dell’s PowerEdge data center servers and EqualLogic storage interconnected by Dell Active Fabric SDN-enabled switches; EnterpriseWeb’s Active Virtualization technology (to optimize service orders); Overture’s Ensemble Service Orchestrator (to instantiate and connect virtual network functions); Qosmos’ DeepFlow DPI OEM traffic probes and DPI engine VNF Component (for network optimization and control); and 6WIND’s 6WINDGate data path acceleration software.

“No single company can make this happen on their own,” Mike Aquino, president and CEO at Overture, said. “We are committed to work cooperatively towards advancing NFV and SDN at the metro edge to ultimately bring direct benefit to service providers and network operators around the world.”

Mark Durrett, director of marketing at Overture, and Charlie Ashton, vice president of marketing and business development at 6WIND, will be among the speakers on a panel called NFV & SDN at the upcoming SDN Precon.  

To learn more about SDN, TMC invites you to attend SDN Precon at ITEXPO Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

Edited by Rich Steeves

Executive Editor, TMC

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