HP's NFV Strategy an Open Book, Mayer Says
HP's products also work with a range of virtualization platforms, from the open-source KVM and VMware to Microsoft and Red Hat, she said. The company also is working with some telecommunications partners—including Verizon and Sprint—on proof-of-concept projects for HP's NFV technology. In addition, the company already has more than a dozen virtualized functions, including Home Subscriber Service (HSS) and Home Location Register (HLR). The NFV Director enables carriers to bring these virtualized functions together and manage them. The range of capabilities is an indication of the jump HP has over competitors in the NFV and SDN fields, Mayer said. "We are so far ahead of them," she said. "We are two years ahead of them as far as our solutions go." The idea of NFV was raised in 2012 by service providers and network operators who are trying to keep up with the rapid and changing demands on their networks and the rising competition from such over-the-top (OTT) threats as Google and Skype. Carriers' networks that have been built up over years are unwieldy, giving them a disadvantage over Web companies like Google, which are unhampered by legacy infrastructures.
Citing numbers from market research firm Ovum, HP in February said that OTT social messaging applications cost communication service providers $32.5 billion in lost SMS revenue in 2013, and that number is expected to hit $54 billion by 2016. The service providers also are losing billions to OTT voice-over-IP vendors—as much as $63 billion by 2018—according to HP.