Plenty of telcos have either already committed to, or are actively investigating, network functions virtualization (NFV) running on OpenStack platform to help them increase network agility and mitigate costs. We at Red Hat firmly believe NFV + OpenStack is the infrastructure of modern telecommunications.
Adoption of NFV and the OpenStack platform among telecommunications companies is accelerating, according to a survey conducted by Heavy Reading and commissioned by the OpenStack Foundation. Sixty percent of respondents said they are using or testing OpenStack for NFV, and 37.8 percent said they are considering doing so. That’s a whopping 98.1 percent! According to the OpenStack Foundation, communications service providers (CSPs)are choosing OpenStack for virtualized networks services because of its programmable infrastructure and are taking advantage of OpenStack’s capability to run containers, bare metal and virtual machines on a common infrastructure and set of open APIs. CSPs are containerizing control planes, and VNF providers are using cloud-native technologies to deliver their functions in containers or virtual machines, the foundation has said.
The Red Hat OpenStack Platform is designed to deliver the demands of a production-scale environment and meet critical performance, scalability, and security standards. It’s the solution around which our many ecosystem partners are coalescing.
Here’s a look at what’s going on in the Red Hat ecosystem of NFV + OpenStack:
- The current list of partners who work with us to certify their VNF products on the Red Hat OpenStack platform includes Huawei, F5, Affirmed Networks, Citrix, Sandvine, Cisco, Palo Alto Networks, Juniper Networks and A10 Networks. Expect this list to grow. We are actively working with partners such as Ericsson, Nokia Networks and others on platform certification. Stay tuned! And do take a look at the entire list of partners who have earned Red Hat OpenStack Platform certifications.
- Red Hat’s ecosystem of partners includes SDN providers like Nuage Networks, Big Switch Networks and Midokura. Many of Red Hat’s customers embark on their NFV journeys with these SDN partners.
- Red Hat and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) have expanded collaboration to focus on NFV. HPE plans to offer ready-to-use, pre-integrated HPE NFV System solutions and HPE Validated Configurations incorporating Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Ceph Storage for communications service providers.
- WWT, a technology and supply chain integrator, and Red Hat announced a collaboration to launch a new facility for validating full stack network functions virtualization (NFV) solutions. Cisco and Intel are also included in the collaboration. Each are contributing advanced cloud, networking and DevOps technologies to WWT’s existing Advanced Technology Center (ATC), creating a facility where service providers can reduce the time, cost and risk associated with validating NFV solutions.
- Since late 2016, Red Hat has been part of consulting and integration company Tech Mahindra’s Virtual Network Function (VNF) Exchange, a product independent global industry platform aimed at pre-certifying VNF design, VNF stack and VNF performance.
- Red Hat has extended its collaboration with Openet Accelerate, an ISV that provides virtualized telco solutions to focus on driving the adoption of NVF. The partnership focuses on NFV infrastructure (NFVi), OpenStack, Openet Weaver (a VNF lifecycle manager), and means Openet’s Accelerate offerings now support and can be supplied with Red Hat OpenStack Platform. The duo will also work together on container architectures that can provide the agility needed by customers as they embark on digital transformations and towards opportunities made by possible by 5G and IoT.
We want to also point out several sessions at OpenStack Summit 2017 on NFV we held with customers and partners:
- 7 “Must-Haves” for Highly Effective Telco NFV Deployments
With Anita Tragler, Red Hat, and Greg Smith, Juniper Networks
- Best practices in the Deployment of a Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure
With Julio Villarreal Pelegrino, Red Hat, and Stephane Lefrere, Red Hat
- Big Telecom in Japan, KDDI, Collaborates with NEC and Red Hat to Complete Successful Trial of Next Generation Enterprise Platform
With Pierre Mathys, Red Hat, Kentaro Matsumoto, KDDI Corp. and Toshifumu Uesaka, NEC
With Anita Tragler, Red Hat, and Nick Tausanovitch, Netronome
With Frank Zdarsky, Red Hat, and Gergely Csatari, Nokia Networks
With Yuki Kasuya, KDDI Research, Ryota Mibu, NEC and Tomofumi Hayashi, Red Hat
With Rob Wilmoth, Red Hat, and Alicia Abella, AT&T
By the way, you can find and watch all the presentations online from OpenStack Summit 2017. Meanwhile, we’re already planning for the next summit in Sydney, Australia Nov. 6-8, and our work with partners continues. Also, we’d love to hear from you, so please share your thoughts in the comments section below, or tweet to us: @RedHatTelco and @anniep0206.