HP, Telefonica Deal Part of Larger NFV Push at MWC
HP has been aggressive in building out its NFV portfolio. The company a year ago created a division specifically for NFV, and has created the OpenNFV platform aimed at telecoms and network operators. The platform includes HP's Converged Infrastructure, Helion CloudSystem—an integrated and open solution for creating and managing cloud platform—and NFV Director for orchestration. It also includes a carrier-grade Helion OpenStack distribution for cloud deployments and Distributed Cloud Networking, an SDN offering to optimize network resources via dynamic and service-driven configuration. HP's full offering was an important part of Telefonica choosing HP, according to Gillai. "To really get the benefits [of NFV], you really have to do a full platform," he said. The platform's openness also was key, Gillai said. An attractive part of NFV is to move away from expensive proprietary networking gear and run the software on less costly and open hardware. HP's OpenNFV platform is compliant with industry-standard servers, storage and networking systems, which gives users greater flexibility for deploying services atop inexpensive systems.NFV and SDN both hold the promise of more agile, dynamic and programmable networks by enabling organizations to put their control planes and networking tasks into software that can run on industry-standard systems. Also at the show, Telefonica collaborated with Brocade, Intel, Red hat and Cyan to demonstrate an end-to-end NFV instantiation. The demonstration leveraged Cyan's Blue Planet SDN and NFV platform, Brocade's Vyatta 5600 vRouter and Telefonica's virtual infrastructure manager (VIM), with all the NFV hardware powered by Intel chips.
"We are starting here, with HP, not just a new way to deploy networks; even more, a new way to deploy services all based in the cloud," Enrique Blanco, Telefonica's global CTO, said in a statement.