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Michael Brenner Joins GigaSpaces

By Paula Bernier August 19, 2016

GigaSpaces has hired on Michael Brenner as chief architect for network functions virtualization. He’ll lead the company’s standards effort for NFV and SDN, and will influence product strategy for Cloudify and the ARIS project.

Brenner until recently was vice chair of the Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group within the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. He’s also a former senior vice president of product strategy at ClearPath Networks. And he’s served as senior architect and director for the CloudBand business unit, among other roles, at Alcatel-Lucent.

GigaSpaces is named in Gartner’s April 2015 Market Guide for Cloud Management Platforms study. Cloudify, which is mentioned above, is an orchestration solution for which GigaSpaces is the project sponsor.

Recently, GigaSpaces launched an online training program for cloud architects and application developers interested in learning more about the TOSCA templating language. TOSCA stands for Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications from OASIS. Introduction to TOSCA is the first course in this program. The program also will address how to implement the Cloudify project in developers’ cloud deployments.

GigaSpaces also has launched the NFV Lab through which approved users can learn about and develop virtual network functions. The lab features an OpenStack environment, the Clearwater open source virtual IMS, and Cloudify orchestration built around TOSCA systems.

The company is also involved with The Linux Foundation’s OPEN-O effort. It aims to create a framework and orchestration for NFV & SDN.

“China born and global in nature, OPEN-O will unite industry forces to set up the world's first SDN and NFV unified orchestrator, serving as an important step in promoting deeper convergence among SDN and NFV technologies and innovation in the networking industry,” said Jim Zemlin, executive director at The Linux Foundation.

Others involved in OPEN-O include Brocade, China Mobile, China Telecom, DynaTrace, Ericsson, F5 Networks, Huawei, Infoblox, Intel, KT, Red Hat, Raisecom, Riverbed and ZTE. 

Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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