Red Hat, NEC to Create OpenStack Platform for NFV
The joint solution will leverage NEC's infrastructure offering and Red Hat's cloud solution to help service providers quickly adopt NFV.Red Hat and NEC want to make it easier for communications service providers to embrace network-functions virtualization in their data centers. The two companies, which have partnered on other network-functions virtualization (NFV) efforts, now are building a cloud platform that will leverage NEC's infrastructure products and Red Hat's OpenStack infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) solution and will enable service providers to more quickly modernize their networks as they move to NFV. The platform will integrate NEC's NFV system with Red Hat's Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to create a scalable and open cloud platform for service providers. The integration will enable mobile packet core virtualization (or virtualized Evolved Pack Core, also known as vEPC) and virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE), capabilities that are important to service providers, according to officials with the two companies. NFV and software-defined networking (SDN) are beginning to reshape how service providers and enterprises are building their networks. With NFV and SDN, the network control plan and various networking tasks—like load balancing, firewalls and intrusion detection—are removed from complex and expensive networking gear and put into software, where they can run on commodity hardware. The results are networks that are more scalable, programmable, agile and affordable. This enables service providers to spin out new services in a matter of minutes rather than weeks or months, meeting customer demand and opening up new revenue streams.
Infonetics Research analysts last year said they expect the global market for service provider NFV and SDN to hit $11 billion in 2018—up from less than $500 million in 2013—with the bulk of that spending going to NFV.