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HP OpenNFV: HP joins network functions virtualization ecosystem

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HP announces HP OpenNFV

In its 4Q14 earnings release, Hewlett-Packard Company (HPQ) management announced the HP OpenNFV—a broad NFV ecosystem. Network functions virtualization (or NFV) “offers innovative ways to design, deploy, and manage networking services.” It decouples network functions such as network address translation (or NAT), firewalling, intrusion detection, domain name service (or DNS), and caching from proprietary hardware appliances so they can run in open software.

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OpenNFV is a NFV technology initiative that enables communications service providers to accelerate innovation, launch, and delivery of services. HP OpenNFV offers up HP labs as a sandbox in which carriers and equipment vendors can test and validate NFV applications. Clients will be able to run software on a European Telecommunication Standards Institute–compliant architecture built of HP gear. HP’s NFV reference architecture spans servers, operation support systems, storage, and networking, etcetera.

Leading players have joined hands to be a part of NFV

AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco Systems, Inc. (CSCO), Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM Corporation (IBM), Intel Corporation (INTC), Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat Inc. (RHT), Telecom Italia, and Vodafone are the platinum-level founding members of the Open Platform for NFV Project.

NFV represents a significant shift in the technology and telecom industry

Open NFV will work in collaboration with other open source projects including OpenStack, OpenDaylight, and Open vSwitch. OpenDaylight is another Linux Foundation project.

NFV represents a significant overall industry shift towards network and application virtualization. It’s expected to dramatically change the networking landscape. It will allow providers to deliver new services to customers in a short span of time with considerably lower operating and capital expenditures.

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