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Red Hat, eNovance Step into a New Initiative to Drive Network Functions Virtualization

By Meenakshi Shankar May 13, 2014

Corporations, service providers, data centers and many others who are looking to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private or public clouds are leveraging the support of OpenStack. OpenStack-based clouds enable carriers to host and orchestrate Virtualized Network Functions. Red Hat is a provider of open source solutions and is deeply committed to the upstream OpenStack community.

Red Hat in cooperation with eNovance, yet another company serving the open source cloud computing market, announced a new initiative to drive Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and telecommunications innovations into OpenStack. The upstream alliance is aimed at delivering the industry’s most complete, carrier-grade telecommunications offering based on Linux, Kernel-based Virtual Machine, and OpenStack.

“With nearly every NFV vendor coming with its own version of OpenStack and requirements, carriers should demand a robust and scalable common underlying infrastructure capable for distributing VNF where and when needed," Nick Barcet, vice president, Products, eNovance, said in a statement.

As per their latest venture, Red Hat and eNovance will be collaborating with the open source community and contribute NFV innovations to the OpenStack upstream, including work on Linux, KVM and libvirt enhancements to create an efficient VM for virtualized network functions, and on accelerated packet processing and service chaining.

According to the Red Hat and eNovance, through this initiation, all OpenStack community participants will benefit from the joint venture, as compared to a proprietary extension add-on approach resulting in further vendor lock-in.

Back in November 2013, Red Hat and eNovance announced their collaboration to deliver OpenStack integration services to joint customers around the world.

In addition to the upstream collaboration, Red Hat and eNovance are announcing an Early Adopter Program for carriers and telecommunications service providers interested in exploring the benefits of OpenStack-based clouds for NFV projects. Through this initiation, the companies are aiming to work with independent hardware and software vendors to test, quality assure and certify complete solutions and bring telecommunications service providers significant cost savings through the use of commodity compute, network and storage equipment.

“By bridging that experience with eNovance’s expertise and unique tools and methodology on interfacing various types of cloud applications with OpenStack, we believe that our companies are bringing a unique value proposition to carriers looking to modernize their network infrastructure,” Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, Virtualization and OpenStack, Red Hat, said in a statement.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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