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China Mobile's Open NFV Testlab Brings ARM, Cavium and Enea

By Frank Griffin May 04, 2017

Network functions virtualization (NFV) and especially Open NFV is giving telecoms, service providers, data center and network operators, and enterprises more options with increased flexibility by bringing efficient and cost-effective compute power to data networks. As consumers and organizations continue to stretch the limitations of networks with bandwidth intensive services, players in the industry are coming together to find better solutions. The agreement of cooperation signed by China Mobile, ARM, Cavium and Enea is the latest collaboration designed to enable NFV infrastructure and key virtual network functions (VNFs) in the China Mobile Open NFV Testlab using the technology of these companies.

China Mobile set up its Open NFV Testlab in Beijing with the goal of increasing awareness, innovation and adoption of virtualization for its mobile network and the industry as a whole. At the time, it was the first of its kind in Asia in providing chipset manufacturers, cloud system providers and software suppliers an open standards-based and integrated environment so they could test the functionality, performance and reliability of Open NFV. The company collaborated with nine of the leading global vendors in the world, including Dell, Huawei, HP, Intel, Quanta, Redhat, Spirent, Wind River and ZTE.

The latest agreement and collaboration brings China Mobile together with ARM, Cavium and Enea to use their technology to further the Open NFV initiatives. They will be using Enea's OPNFV based commercial, Enea NFV Core platform, and Cavium's ARM based ThunderX workload optimized datacenter server processors.

The platform is going to be hosted by China Mobile's Open NFV Testlab as part of the company's Integrated Cloud (TIC) with validation for NFV test cases supporting Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project development and integration that will include Virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), virtual Broadband Remote Access Server (vBRAS), virtualized evolved packet core (vEPC), and Virtualized IP Multimedia Services (vIMS).

“The OPNFV based Enea NFV Core platform is the industry's first NFV platform that is hardened and optimized for ARM servers out of the box. Enea NFV Core is based on the latest OPNFV release, purpose built for telecom use cases and highly integrated, including telecom driven optimizations and enhancements,” said Karl Mörner, SVP Product Management, Enea.

The Enea NFV Core platform is based on OPEN NFV, optimized for edge use cases to deliver high-performance, highly available NFV solutions ready to be deployed in commercially operated enterprise networks, using Intel x86 or ARM hardware. This gives operators the flexibility and scalability to launch new services to market faster with the functions and performance telecoms are looking for by leveraging the speed of innovation of the open source community.

The Enea NFV Core is configured, enhanced and optimized to provide the performance and availability edge use cases demand, and it comes already integrated, tested and validated to be deployed, saving months of provisioning to get it up and running

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Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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