MWC Shanghai 2015: HP, NEC partner to deliver NFV for CSPs

At Mobile World Congress Shanghai HP and NEC Corporation have formed partnership to help communications service providers (CSPs) accelerate the adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV) technology.

The solution combines HP OpenNFV Platform with NEC’s virtualized network functions and management systems delivering CSPs carrier-grade, open source-based NFV solutions, the company said.

After integration, NEC will offer virtual network functions on the HP OpenNFV Platform, including HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade, which will provide a pre-validated solution that will deliver the reliability, scalability and performance CSPs require.

NFV helps CSPs decouple network functions from proprietary hardware appliances, thereby accelerating the launch of new, compelling services quickly and cost-effectively.

“NFV technologies enable flexible, scalable, and operationally efficient service deployment that will transform conventional network operations,” said Atsuo Kawamura, senior vice president, NEC Corporation.

The collaboration with HP will help the company strengthen its NFV solutions portfolio to help CSPs bring new innovative services to market more quickly and efficiently, Kawamura added.

The solution offers pre-validation including proof-of-concept testing to verify NEC’s virtual network functions integrate properly with HP industry standard infrastructure products, the company said.

The NFV technology will also feature an open architecture aligned with the European Telecommunications Standards Institute NFV Industry Specification Group (ETSI NFV ISG) Standard, allowing telecom operators the flexibility to scale or add new services.

Availability is targeted for later this year.

Additionally, the companies plan to develop a joint NFV reference platform to demonstrate NEC virtual network functions and management software on HP OpenNFV infrastructure in OpenStack and Linux KVM environments.

“CSPs are looking for ways to easily implement NFV technology,” said Werner Schaefer, vice president, Network Functions Virtualization, HP.

The collaboration is expected to create more open environments for customers, meeting their desire for faster deployment at a lower cost, Schaefer added.

Rajani Baburajan

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