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Telefonica, Brocade See What's Possible with NFV

By Paula Bernier August 20, 2014

Telefónica and Brocade are working together to create network functions virtualization deployment and performance benchmarks following the service provider’s tests of the vendor’s solutions, which altered the carrier’s view – in a good way – of what is possible on this front.

“In less than two hours, we deployed the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter from a memory stick and completed our performance tests in our NFV Reference Lab. These results are allowing us, as network operators, to aggressively change our perspective regarding what is possible with software-driven networking in order to accelerate the adoption and deployment of these revolutionary technologies,” explained Francisco-Javier Ramón, head of Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.

In addition to fast installation, the vRouter delivered 80gbps performance on an Intel x86x server and supported all of the server’s available ports at line rate. The solution was deployed as a single virtual machine operating within a Red Hat KVM environment.

An upcoming update to the Brocade Vyatta 5600 vRouter will feature Layer 3 MPLS; Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol Version 3; high-availability enhancements to support IPv6; and OpenDaylight integration through NETCONF/YANG.

Brocade got its virtual router technology through its acquisition of Vyatta in late 2012. It has since expanded that product beyond the enterprise to also address telco requirements, as the company explained a year ago last week.

In an effort to drive forward its NFV and SDN efforts, Brocade also earlier this year made some big hires on the management front. In January it brought aboard distinguished engineer Benson Schliesser, who is a veteran of both Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks. A month later, it announced it had hired on Tom Nadeau as a distinguished engineer. Nadeau is a leader of the OpenDaylight Project and OpenStack initiatives, and an active member of the Internet Engineering Task Force.

Nadeau previously served as a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper, at which he played a key role in the company's SDN and NFV efforts. He has held similar roles at CA Technologies, Cisco, and other firms. And he’s the co-inventor on many patents.




Edited by Alisen Downey

Executive Editor, TMC

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