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GENBAND, HP to Jointly Demo NFV Solutions

May 05, 2015

GENBAND and HP have joined forces to demonstrate the benefits of network functions virtualization for service providers.

The effort involves the integration of GENBAND’s virtualized session border controller solution and Virtual Network Function Manager with HP’s OpenNFV platform. The total solution will be demonstrated later this week at Perspectives15, a customer and partner event GENBAND will be holding May 17 through 21 at the JW Marriott Grand Lakes resort in Orlando.

As discussed in a November posting on this site, HP has been talking a lot lately about the importance of carrier supplier partnerships to help communication service providers more easily and successfully implement NFV solutions.

“That’s why partnerships like HP and GENBAND are absolutely vital,” said Arun Gaur, head of worldwide business development for HP Moonshot, in November.

This comment was made a month after GENBAND became a member of the HP OpenNFV Partner Program.

HP sells various server solutions for CSPs. The Moonshot portfolio includes a family of blade, rack-mount and workload optimized servers for core network applications. It also has an OpenNFV Reference Architecture platform, among other carrier server solutions.

NFV, as you may know, is a new wave in networking. Traditionally network functionality for service provider networks was provided via appliances, which coupled specialized hardware and software. With NFV, however, next functionality is provided as software only; that frees up CSPs to use industry-standard and most affordable hardware on which to run the software. And it opens the door to more agile and flexible network architectures that promise to allow CSPs to go to market with new service offerings more quickly and affordably.

The NFV movement set sail back in November 2012 when seven of the world’s largest telephone companies joined forces through a European body called ETSI to create the Industry Specification Group for NFV and draw up their expectations for supplier solutions on this front going forward.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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