HP targets carriers with NFV system and services

HP launches integrated hardware, software and services platform to support carriers and comms services providers as they virtualise their networks

HP has launched an integrated hardware, software and services platform to help carriers and communications services providers (CSPs) rebuild their networks to take account of growth in network functions virtualisation (NFV).

HP NFV System – announced on 5 May 2015, with availability set for some time in the third quarter of the year – has been specifically designed to enable CSPs to speed up production NFV deployments and enhance their services offerings by decoupling network functions from proprietary hardware.

The systems bundle will include HP hardware and software to offer a simplified, end-to-end experience, claimed the firm. It has designed the kits as building blocks to allow customers to start off with one or two elements and add to them as needed.

These blocks include a starter kit, which is an all-in-one kit comprising compute notes with carrier-grade performance, control nodes running virtual infrastructure management (VIM) software, physical infrastructure management (PIM) software and storage nodes.

A separate compute kit will include server nodes to run virtual network functions workloads with carrier-grade capabilities to effectively enable the faster packet processing demanded by telcos.

A control kit, consisting of HP Helion OpenStack VIM and PIM software, HP OneView, HP Intelligent Management Centre and HP Central Management Console will be made available for customers running custom, limited trials using their existing networks.

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Finally, a storage block will integrate with the starter kit to offer additional capacity for storage-intensive applications, such as content delivery networks.

The whole integrates with HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade to offer an open-source, cloud-based platform, said HP, and includes a new release of HP’s Vertica-powered NFV Director. This will provide management and orchestration capabilities to enhance CSP operation support systems and analytics capabilities to help harness data generated on the network.

HP said it saw the telco sector shifting from reasonably successful NFV proof-of-concepts to full production deployments, where CSPs and their partners will require stability, high performance and carrier-grade reliability at every layer of the NFV infrastructure.

To assist with this, the supplier will also be rolling out a range of NFV services to support CSPs around NFV strategy, proof-of-concept, assessment, validated active design, integration, system support and program management.

HP's senior vice-president and general manager of NFV, Saar Gillai, who is also the firm's global telecoms lead, said operators ready to move to production deployments needed systems that were open, carrier-grade and easy to deploy.

“HP NFV System provides an integrated, pre-tested, deployment-ready NFV hardware and software platform to get customers up and running quickly and confidently,” he said.

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