Wind River Expands Its NFV Ecosystem to Accelerate Service Provider Deployments
Wind River(R), a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, has added new members to its Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem, a program dedicated to accelerating the deployment of solutions for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). The latest members include Check Point(R) Software Technologies Ltd., ConteXtream, Cyan, Intel(R) Security, Ixia, Qosmos and Spirent. They join existing partners: Artesyn, ASTRI, Brocade, GENBAND, HP, Kontron, Metaswitch, Nakina and Overture.
As the Titanium Cloud program expands, current members also continue to introduce new NFV solutions validated on the Wind River Titanium Server NFV infrastructure platform. As an example, Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI) has introduced an LTE Small Cell Gateway and Security Gateway as virtual network functions (VNFs) optimized for Titanium Server.
“In order to accelerate their NFV deployment and reduce schedule risk, service providers are looking for validated, market-ready end-to-end NFV solutions,” said Charlie Ashton, senior director of business development for networking solutions at Wind River. “Our ecosystem is expanding rapidly, and with the addition of new members we continue to deliver the availability of optimized, interoperable solutions for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs). In collaboration with our ecosystem partners, we are addressing several of the industry’s toughest NFV challenges, such as management and orchestration, security, and testing.”
“In NFV and the cloud alike, the software platform is the critical bridge between an exploding mix of features and applications and a pool of servers to host them. Platform software accelerates performance, improves resilience, and above all creates a consistent framework for deployment and operations that builds economy of scale,” said Tom Nolle, president, founder, and principal analyst of CIMI Corporation. “Wind River’s Titanium Cloud ecosystem is the number one example of platform software for NFV and the cloud, and every new member both proves the value of the ecosystem and extends that value by adding integrated, critical platform features. The Titanium Cloud ecosystem is becoming the universal constant of NFV.”
Through the Titanium Cloud program, partners validate and pre-integrate their hardware and software offerings with Wind River Titanium Server and deliver solutions ready for deployment in live NFV networks. Complementing the Wind River Titanium Server NFV infrastructure software, partners provide solutions at all other levels of the overall end-to-end architecture: OSS/BSS, orchestration, VNFs, and hardware server platforms.
About the latest members:
Check Point enables service providers to maximize NFV benefits without sacrificing carrier-grade performance. Check Point security solutions for virtualized environments and SDN take advantage of cost efficiencies, automation and increased orchestration to deliver security while meeting service provider network requirements. Many global ISPs, MSPs, and cloud providers use Check Point’s mature virtualized security technology to secure private and public cloud infrastructures to achieve a lower total cost of operations (TCO).
ConteXtream‘s ContexNet delivers a carrier-grade software-defined-networking (SDN) fabric that is based on standards and enables NFV for various solutions deployed on carrier networks.
“Service providers are looking for subscriber awareness in order to enable the delivery of personalized services,” said Anshu Agarwal, vice president of marketing at ConteXtream. “As an early pioneer in SDN, and through our collaboration in the Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem, ConteXtream’s ContexNet enables service providers to virtualize critical network functions, allowing them to enhance their existing service packages, rapidly deploy new services and increase revenue.”
Cyan enables network transformation. The company’s award-winning SDN and NFV solutions deliver orchestration, agility, and scale to networks that until now have been static and hardware-driven. Deployed with more than 150 customers globally, including carriers, enterprises, governments, and data centers, Cyan’s open platforms provide multi-vendor, multi-layer control and visibility to network operators, making service delivery more efficient and profitable.
“NFV is a breakthrough technology that enables service providers to rapidly develop and deliver new high-margin services that deliver a better customer experience,” said Joe Cumello, chief marketing officer at Cyan. “Initiatives such as Wind River’s Titanium Cloud program play an important role in accelerating the deployment of production best-in-class NFV solutions for our customers and we are pleased to join.”
Ixia provides application performance and security resilience solutions to validate, secure, and optimize businesses’ physical and virtual networks. Enterprises, service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and governments rely on Ixia’s solutions to deploy new technologies and secure their networks. Ixia’s powerful and versatile solutions exceed customer expectations and achieve better business outcomes.
“The Wind River Titanium Server solution provides the industry with an integrated, carrier grade platform for delivering services based on NFV,” said Mike Haugh, product marketing director for Ixia. “Through the Titanium Cloud ecosystem, Ixia’s NFV testing and visibility solutions will help to validate performance and provide operational efficiency throughout the development, deployment and change management of the service life-cycle.”
Intel Security is intensely focused on developing proactive, proven security solutions and services that protect systems, networks, and mobile devices for business and personal use around the world. In collaboration with Wind River, Intel Security provides carrier-class SDN and NFV security solutions for enterprises and communications service providers including comprehensive next-generation firewall protections. Performance and flexibility benefits are achieved through highly efficient software design and integration of advanced technologies such as Intel(R) Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK)1.
“Flexibility and cost advantages are driving communications service providers to consider SDN and NFV solutions,” said Pat Calhoun, general manager of network security at Intel Security. “In addition to six nines carrier-class reliability, virtualized solutions must also include broad and highly available security to help protect networks and customers against advanced attacks and evasions. Wind River understands these demands and has chosen to work with Intel Security to include our virtualized McAfee Next Generation Firewall in their carrier-class Titanium Server solution.”
Qosmos is a market leader for embedded deep packet inspection (DPI) and network intelligence technology used in physical, SDN, and NFV architectures. The company supplies software to vendors who embed real-time application awareness in their products for traffic optimization, service chaining, quality of service, analytics, cyber security, and more. Qosmos brings fast time-to-market for network intelligence and continuous protocol signature updates inside physical, SDN, and NFV networking products.
“The pre-integration of the Qosmos ClassifierTM with Wind River Titanium Server brings several benefits: it makes it easier to create new service chain combinations, reduces TCO with COTS-based deployments, and facilitates migration between existing and future architectures,” said Jerome Tollet, chief technology officer at Qosmos. “As a member of the Titanium Cloud ecosystem we are excited to join forces with Wind River to assist customers in reaching their NFV objectives.”
Spirent enables leading communications companies to develop, deliver, and operate world-class networks, devices and services. Spirent’s lab test solutions evaluate performance of the latest technologies, while its service management, field test systems and analytics troubleshoot network and service issues to improve user experience. Spirent also enables enterprises, institutions and government agencies to secure and manage their networks. From wireline to wireless to satellite, Spirent offers a complete portfolio of solutions to enhance customer Quality of Experience.
“Service providers deploying Wind River Titanium Server need to ensure the scalability and reliability of the infrastructure in addition to providing end-to-end visibility for SLA validation,” said Neil Holmquist, vice president of marketing at Spirent Communications. “Spirent’s NFV solutions enable thorough validation of VNFs, the NFV infrastructure and services prior to deployment-thereby preventing expensive failures in the field.”
Titanium Server is a carrier grade NFV infrastructure software solution that is designed to meet the “always on” requirements of the telecom industry. Titanium Server is based on open software standards including carrier grade Wind River Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), carrier grade-enhancements to OpenStack(R), Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK), and accelerated virtual switching, all optimized for Intel architecture platforms.
Wind River will be demonstrating its NFV solutions at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Hall 7, Stand 7J65. For more information about Wind River at Mobile World Congress, visit http://www.windriver.com/events/mwc-2015/.
To learn more about how Wind River is addressing the opportunities and challenges created by NFV and the transformation of the network into the backbone for Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity, visit http://www.windriver.com/markets/networking/. Titanium Server is part of the Wind River HelixTM portfolio of products enabling IoT advancements.
About Wind River
Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in nearly 2 billion products. Wind River offers the industry’s most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.
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