HP Partners With F5, Others on NFV Proof-of-Concept
The PoC, also developed with Nuage and Telstra, is based on HP's OpenNFV Platform, a collection of hardware and software aimed at telcos.Hewlett-Packard and F5 Networks are part of a multivendor effort to create a network-functions virtualization proof-of-concept for communications service providers. The proof-on-concept (PoC)—also developed with Nuage Networks and Telstra, the top telecommunications company in Australia—is built atop of HP's OpenNFV Platform, a collection of software and services launched by the tech vendor in 2014 and designed to enable communications service providers (CSPs) to virtualize much of their core networking environment. The companies are showing off the ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute) PoC #38 this week at the SDN and OpenFlow World Congress event in Germany. It includes the integration of F5's Big-IP networking technologies with HP's NFV Director and Helion CloudSystem for complete life cycle management of virtualized network functions (VNFs), including instantiation, provision, orchestration and service assurances, according to officials with the companies. In addition, it integrates F5's VNFs with Nuage's Virtual Services Platform to ensure virtualized services are directed through the right traffic paths. According to officials, it also shows how NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies can work together to help carriers more quickly spin out services for their customers and to rapidly scale their networks to meet changing demands. It includes 18 specific use cases.
"No one vendor can provide all the necessary components of NFV," Mallik Tatipamula, vice president of service provider and cloud solutions at F5, said in a statement. "Service providers are looking for vendors that take leadership roles within emerging NFV ecosystems by partnering with other technology companies and standards bodies."