Oracle Expands NFV Capabilities for Service Providers
Oracle Communications is rolling out four new virtualized network products as part of a larger push to help CSPs on the journey to NFV.Oracle Communications is virtualizing its products to help communications service providers more easily make the move to network-functions virtualization environments. At the LTE World Summit 2015 in Amsterdam July 23, Oracle officials announced the release of four products—the Oracle Communications Session Border Controller, Converged Application Server, Services Gatekeeper and Policy Management—that they said will bring greater flexibility, scalability and automation to service provider networks as they move to network-functions virtualization (NFV). NFV essentially moves the various network tasks—from load balancing and firewalls to intrusion detection and prevention and routing—from expensive hardware and into software that can be run on lower-cost and less complex systems. Doing so will give service providers and telecommunications vendors the ability to more quickly spin out new services and meet the rapidly changing demands of customers. Oracle is planning to virtualize all its network functions. However, Oracle Communications officials said that beyond virtualizing the network, communications service providers (CSPs) face a list of challenges, from managing and monetizing their new capabilities to making hybrid network environments work by bridging the physical and virtual divide as they make their NFV journey.
Helping service providers with that also is part of a larger plan being put in place by Doug Suriano, who last month was named senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Communications after coming to the company in 2013 via the acquisition of Tekelec. The company is one of several that Oracle bought in recent years as the software giant has looked to build out its capabilities in the telco industry.