Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Red Hat on Feb. 23 released several improvements to HPE’s network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio aimed at telecoms.
The idea is to turn telcos into digital service providers using cloud services and new-gen infrastructure, helping them to add new lines of business to their platforms. Updates to the portfolio include:
—HPE NFV System 1.4: This is an update to HPE’s pre-integrated NFV solutions bundle, adding support for and allowing choice between Red Hat OpenStack Platform and HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade 4.0 and integrating the OpenDaylight-based HPE OpenSDN controller.
—HPE VNF Onboarding Factory Service: A new program to enable CSPs to speed-up the virtual network functions (VNF) onboarding process.
—HPE Virtual Headend Manager: A new virtualized solution for managing Internet Protocol television (IPTV) content deployments for improved customer experiences and opening up potential new revenue. opportunities
—Subscriber Data Management on HPE Virtualized NonStop: A new virtualized subscriber data management (SDM) solution optimized for high fault-tolerance, availability and scalability to create new, personalized services faster and more cost-effectively.
In addition to these NFV updates, HPE also announced a partnership with Red Hat to accelerate the deployment of NFV solutions.
Specifically, the partnership is designed to advance OpenStack adoption for CSPs around the globe, allowing customers’ choice of multiple open-source distributions, including both HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
Focusing on HPE’s multi-cloud, multi-stack strategy and open source software commitment, HPE is collaborating with Red Hat to accelerate OpenStack adoption by CSPs worldwide, offering customers multiple commercial distributions, including both HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade and Red Hat OpenStack Platform.
With these new offerings, HPE and Red Hat are building upon an existing alliance, focused on helping customers overcome the inflexibility and high costs created by data center, application and IT sprawl by shifting resources to business innovation.
Red Hat uses an “upstream first” approach to the development of its products, including Red Hat OpenStack Platform. As a result, Red Hat OpenStack Platform offers a fully open source foundation for NFV deployments.