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Affirmed Networks Collaborates with VMware to Improve Mobile Content Cloud for NFV

By Michael Guta February 24, 2014

In order to improve the efficiency of their networks, wireless service providers are implementing solutions that take advantage of new technologies such as Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and cloud architecture. With these tools in place, providers will be able to more effectively manage the large amounts of data crisscrossing their networks. Affirmed Networks, a provider of bundled gateway functionality with rich application and content delivery services for virtualized solutions, is adopting VMware's Cloud Platform to leverage its high-performance, cloud-based infrastructure to deliver virtualized network functions.

To make this possible, Affirmed Networks is going to integrate VMware vSphere and VMware vCloud management framework for automated provisioning and distribution of its virtualized packet and control plane processing in a software-defined data center. This will give mobile operators lower capital and operational expenditures while at the same time achieving more efficiency to develop and deploy new services and applications for generating new streams of revenue.

Affirmed Networks’ next-generation NFV and cloud-based approach is going to bring together vSphere and vCloud infrastructure on standard hardware to handle large volumes of data traffic with a single point of management while at the same time providing carrier grade reliability.

The networks function technology with VMware’s standard hardware can easily handle rapidly expanding data traffic with carrier-grade reliability and a single point of management.

"Virtualization of the mobile network has arrived. The true potential of NFV will finally be realized as Affirmed Networks’ products, using VMware solutions, deliver powerful and stable virtualized mobile networks “We are pleased to enable this revolutionary shift as operators move toward virtualization and cloud infrastructure," said Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO of Affirmed Networks.

The collaboration between the two companies also includes a global OEM agreement allowing Affirmed Networks to start offering a channel in which operators will be able to procure VMware’s virtualization and cloud platform. The Affirmed NFV technology includes the AN3000 Mobile Content Cloud and the Acuitas Service Management System, which provide mobile data networks with high performance, resiliency, scalability and content delivery capabilities.

"VMware is pleased to collaborate with Affirmed Networks to bring cloud technology to mobile operators. With the use of vSphere 5.5 and the Mobile Content Cloud solution, we can empower mobile operators to lower capital and operational expenditures, while driving greater agility," said Sanjay Katyal, vice president of global strategic alliances for VMware. 

Edited by Alisen Downey

Contributing Writer

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