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2018

In the telecom world, true “green field” opportunities are rare. When Elon Musk fires up a few Falcon Heavies and puts a thousand people on Mars who can’t live without Facebook, that will represent a green field (or orange field) opportunity for an enterprising service provider. Until then, most operators who roll out new services face the challenge of implementing them on top of existing networks.

 

This topic is especially important for service providers exploring the new business opportunities enabled by edge compute. Applications like smart stadiums, augmented reality, industrial IoT, connected vehicles and HD video all represent the opportunity to sell new kinds of services to new categories of customers, boosting top-line revenue and market share.

 

These innovative new applications can’t be hosted on standard centralized IT infrastructure. They need a purpose-built edge compute platform, specially designed to provide ultra-low latency performance, comprehensive device-to-cloud security, telco-grade uptime and support for small footprint configurations. Typically, the ideal edge compute platform will be very different from the enterprise-class core infrastructure that is running in the service provider’s cloud data center.

 

Cost-effective federation between distributed clouds is key to efficiently instantiating edge and core clouds based on cloud-agnostic abstraction. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, VMware and Wind River will join forces to demonstrate the kind of federation that makes this possible. We will also demonstrate the use of ONAP to orchestrate multi-tenant services running across multiple clouds.

 

This MWC demo is the result of work done within the ONAP Multi-VIM / Cloud Project, for which both VMware and Wind River are leading contributors. The goal of this project is to enable ONAP to design and deploy cloud-agnostic infrastructure environments, for example OpenStack and its different distributions, public and private clouds, micro services containers, etc.

 

When you visit this demo at MWC, you’ll see ONAP orchestrating services that run in a federated configuration across two different clouds: Wind River Titanium Cloud at the edge and VMware vCloud NFV OpenStack Edition in the core. In one use case, the service is a virtual CPE and in a second example, it’s a virtual IMS. In both scenarios, the edge component of the service runs on Wind River Titanium Cloud while the core component runs on VMware VIO. ONAP orchestrates and automates the flow of data between the edge and core clouds, controlling overall service provisioning and lifecycle management.

 

This kind of federation between heterogeneous networks (VMware VIO and Wind River Titanium Cloud) is exactly what is required for service providers as they look to extend their existing networks to add new, high-value edge services. It enables them to quickly deploy new services that boost their top line, while leaving their legacy core network infrastructure unchanged.

 

At MWC, you can see this federation demo in the Intel booth, number 3E31. While you’re there, you’ll also find Wind River products in action as part of demos as diverse as an air quality monitor, a smart city incorporating the FlexRAN virtual RAN platform and an open Broadband Remote Access Server (BRAS).

 

After you enjoy all the technology in the Intel booth, you’ll also find solutions based on Titanium Cloud in many of our customers’ and partners’ booths, including Advantech (#5L16MR), Amdocs with Altiostar (#3G10), China Mobile (#1F70), Chunghwa (#5A61), ITRI (#5A61), Lanner (#7E2), Ribbon Communications (#2I31), RIFT.io (#5J22) and Saguna (#5E41). You can see VMware’s solutions at #3K10.

 

We look forward to seeing you at MWC and please feel free contact us ahead of time to arrange a meeting with one of our experts.

This week The Linux Foundation announced the OPNFV Verified Program (OVP). Designed to simplify adoption of commercial NFV products, OVP establishes an industry threshold based on OPNFV capabilities and test cases. Wind River is proud to be one of the first companies to receive the OVP logo, along with Huawei, Nokia and ZTE.

 

OPNFV members, including network operators, worked closely to establish a framework and reached consensus for an initial set of capabilities that help operators establish entry criteria for their POCs and RFPs. OVP facilitates both vendor self-testing and third-party lab testing. The initial version will test and verify NFV infrastructure components and features, including NFVI, VIM, underlying cloud infrastructure, basic packet forwarding, IPv6 and VPN.

 

Since the launch of the Titanium Cloud portfolio of virtualization software platforms, Wind River has focused heavily on ensuring interoperability with other leading vendors’ products, recognizing the importance of multi-vendor solutions as service providers deploy NFV in their networks.

 

Both through the Titanium Cloud partner ecosystem, with over 50 member companies, as well as plugfests sponsored by ETSI and OPNFV, we have validated and demonstrated that Titanium Cloud is 100% compliant with all the relevant open industry standards.

 

From the service providers' point of view, open standards avoid the risk of vendor lock-in by encouraging the development of compatible and interoperable solutions by multiple companies. But service providers typically incorporate products from more than one vendor in the complete solution that they deploy, so they need proof that products that should work together seamlessly actually do so.

 

As OPNFV continues to make progress, we expect it to become the de facto standard against which all NFV and NFVI vendors will have to test their solutions, so we’re delighted to be amongst the first wave of companies to associate our products with the OVP logo.

 

If you’d like to know more about how Titanium Cloud accelerates the deployment and operation of virtualized telecom infrastructure, applications and services, please check out the information online and then contact us to arrange a face-to-face conversation.

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