HP, Telefonica Deal Part of Larger NFV Push at MWC
HP will be the key technology provider for Telefonica's Unica network virtualization project, one of many NFV announcements this week in Barcelona.For much of its history, the Mobile World Congress show has been a showcase of the latest mobile devices, a place where systems makers could unveil their latest smartphones and tablets to an audience anxious to try them out. However, the rapid adoption of those devices by a fast- growing number of users worldwide—combined with such trends as big data, social networking, the Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud computing—is putting increasing pressure on carriers and service providers to build networks that can handle the rising traffic demands and deliver the services users want.It’s becoming an increasingly mobile and cloud-based world, and that trend can be seen at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) over the past couple of years, with the growing carrier presence and the rising number of vendor announcements around network functions virtualization (NFV), which is expected to be a key technology in helping to build more dynamic and agile networks. The 2015 version of the show illustrated that trend, with large tech vendors unveiling products and services that expand their NFV portfolios and telecommunications companies talking about their NFV efforts. VMware, which is rapidly expanding its larger data center capabilities into such areas as network virtualization, announced vCloud for NFV, a solution for communications service providers (CSPs) that brings together its broad range of data center virtualization technologies with the OpenStack open-source cloud orchestration platform. For its part, Oracle rolled out the Netra Server X5-2 systems, a converged infrastructure solution designed to help carriers and CSPs implement NFV in their infrastructures.
Other tech vendors hitting on the NFV theme at MWC include Juniper Networks, which in conjunction with Amdocs demonstrated its virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), and F5 Networks, which showed off such NFV technologies as diameter signaling and carrier-class firewalls.