HP, Nokia to Build NFV Cloud Platform for Telecoms
The offering will include running Nokia Networks' NFV solutions on top of HP's OpenStack-based Helion cloud platform.Hewlett-Packard is partnering with Nokia Networks to offer telecommunications vendors a cloud-based platform on which to build their next-generation network infrastructures and leverage network-functions virtualization capabilities. The two companies announced Nov. 12 that the integrated solution will offer Nokia's network-functions virtualization (NFV) technology running on HP's Helion OpenStack-based cloud platform, which includes HP data center hardware, hypervisor and virtual management software. Nokia's Cloud Application Manager software will enable carriers to quickly deploy cloud environments for their telecommunications environments. Nokia already has a lineup of commercial NFV offerings—such as services like voice-over LTE—and company officials said they expect their solutions to be available on the Helion cloud platform by mid-2015. "Operators want the same advantages enterprises have experienced with open-source-based cloud solutions," Saar Gillai, senior vice president and chief operating officer of HP Cloud and general manager of NFV, said in a statement. "HP Helion OpenStack with carrier-grade technologies provides them with a clear path to get there."
Telecoms and service providers are seeing growing demand to more quickly spin out new services for employees and customers while their networks are under increasing pressure from rapid data center changes being fueled by such trends as mobile computing, big data, the cloud and bring-your-own-device (BYOD). Like enterprises, they are increasingly turning to cloud computing , software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV to improve their capabilities while keeping infrastructure costs down.