OpenStack has become a popular platform for telecommunications providers as they implement network functions virtualization (NFV), software-defined networking (SDN) and cloud. Remember that survey last year, in which 86 percent of global telcos consider OpenStack essential or important to their success? Sprint has made the move to OpenStack; in fact, the telco is using it as the foundation for NFV across its data centers to better support network demand, improve network throughput and set the stage for advanced network functions. At this week’s Openstack Summit in Sydney, Sprint took the stage with Red Hat to talk about its use of OpenStack for NFV.
For those of you who couldn’t be in Sydney, here’s a video of the presentation, A Telco Story of OpenStack Success. In it, the presenters – Krzysztof Janiszewski and Darin Sorrentino, both with Red Hat, and Aaron Hinklem with Sprint – talk about why OpenStack is being used for its NFV functionality and ability to be deployed in modular POD architectures with federated deployments across data centers, central offices and edge services. The discussion focuses on the crucial design decisions that must be made: What’s the right hardware? Which SDN and/or SDS option meet our performance needs? What topology delivers the right amount of high availability? How can we make all of these decisions, yet make it cost effective?
It also covers best practices and lessons learned from Sprint’s OpenStack implementation and covers topics such as L2/L3 stretching between OpenStack PODs, service provider integrations, identity federation, deployment automation, service function chaining and federated overlay networks.
Check out the presentation video. And for those of you in Sydney, we hope you are enjoying the summit!