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Ericsson Tells Its NFV, SDN Story at GENBAND Perspectives14

June 11, 2014

Ericsson is at GENBAND Perspectives14 in Orlando this week talking about what it’s doing in the hot new areas of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking. The company, a GENBAND partner, is a sponsor of Perspectives again this year.

RealTimeCommunications got a chance this afternoon to do a one-on-one interview with Jeff White, head of fixed broadband and convergence at Ericsson, who was part of a panel earlier today on New Telco Architectures.

“I enjoy the GENBAND Perspectives event,” said White. “Excellent networking. Very good industry speakers and topics, particularly WebRTC and the evolution of voice services in this area.”

Ericsson also plays in the IMS and WebRTC arenas, but White is in Orlando telling the company’s NFV and SDN story.

That story includes the Ericsson Cloud Manager, a product that became generally available in the second half of 2013 and is now at version 2.0. Ericsson Cloud Manager is used to orchestrate the NFV environment. It does orchestration across virtual machines, leverages OpenStack APIs, has a built-in services catalog that can be used to build VM workloads, and it can control certain aspects of scale in scale out, among other capabilities.

Ericsson developed much of this solution organically, building it specifically to address carrier NFV and SDN deployments, explained White. That’s different from some orchestration solutions that are now targeting NFV and SDN, but were actually designed initially for IT environments, he said, adding that most IT applications are stateless, but Ericsson’s solution is stateful and also leverages the company’s assets in the OSS expertise.

In the first half of this year, Ericsson came out with an NFV solution called the Ericsson Cloud Execution Environment, a set of APIs that control a hypervisor, usually a Linux hypervisor. It is based on KVM OpenStack technology. White added that Ericsson has partnered with OpenStack integrator Mirantis, which has a general distribution of the OpenStack environment that Ericsson takes and customizes for its customers.

Ericsson is also virtualizing much of the network functionality that has traditionally runs on specialized hardware, and also has x86 blade server solutions.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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