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Enea Unveils NFV Core for VNF Enablement

By Paula Bernier April 27, 2017

Enea has come out with a high availability platform called NFV Core.

This solution, which is based on OPNFV and OpenStack, addresses virtual network, virtual computing, and virtual storage. And it can enable virtualized network functions to run on ARM and Intel x86 commercial-off-the-shelf hardware. Aimed as telecom equipment companies and service providers, virtualized customer premises equipment is among its use cases.

NFV Core includes a compute node software package with DPDK-accelerated, KVM, and Linux OS support. It includes an integrated OpenDaylight SDN controller for network management and service function chaining. It integrates with OpenStack, ODL, and various OPNFV feature providers. It supports OpenStack core services including Ceilmeter, Cinder, Congress, Glance, Heat, Horizon, Keystone, Neutron, Nova, and Tacker. And it does orchestration, with validation for Cloudify full application lifecycle orchestration, OpenStack Heat Templates, and a TOSCA parser.

It allows for comprehensive testing via Dovetail for certification and compliance; Functest for OPNFV Platform functionality testing; Qtip for system performance and benchmarking; and VSperf for vSwitch testing.

Recent research from estimates that service provider SDN and NFV investments will increase at a compound annual growth rate of 46 percent between 2016 and 2020. By the end of that period these investments will top $18 billion.

The firm says virtualized CPE, EPC/mobile core, IMS and policy control platforms represent nearly 70 percent of all virtual network function software investments. And it estimates that by 2020, nearly 80 percent of all new EPC investments will be virtualized.

Meanwhile, it says, investments on orchestration platforms will account for more than $1.6 billion by the end of 2020. And, it says, that will represent nearly 10 percent of all service provider SDN and NFV spending.

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Edited by Alicia Young

Executive Editor, TMC

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