Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) has updated its network functions virtualization (NFV) portfolio to help communications service providers (CSPs) access new tools to speed NFV deployments, as well as virtualized solutions to build innovative, personalized customer services.
The service, HPE NVF System 4.0, is an update to the pre-integrated NVF solutions bundle that claims to add support and allow users the choice between Red Hat OpenStack Platform, HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade 4.0 and integration of OpenDaylight-based HPE Open SDN controller.
- HPE VNF Onboarding Factory Service which is a new program that helps CSPs to speed-up the virtual network functions (VNF) onboarding process.
- HPE Virtual Headend Manager that acts as a new virtualized solution for managing Internet Protocol television (IPTV) content deployments for improved customer experiences and opening up potential new revenue opportunities.
- Subscriber Data Management on HPE Virtualized NonStop which is a new virtualized subscriber data management (SDM) solution optimized for high fault-tolerance, availability and scalability to create new, personalized services faster and more cost-effectively
“As carriers transform into digital service providers, one of their biggest priorities is to establish a solid network foundation and flexible service platforms,” said Thomas Sennhauser, APJ CTO, CME, Hewlett Packard Enterprise.
“With HPE NFV solutions, carriers can implement a programmable infrastructure, providing the agility of the telco cloud and ability to scale their service deliveries to be more responsive to customer demand.”
Support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform
HPE NFV System, a pre-integrated NFV platform combining HPE hardware and software in a pre-integrated solution bundle optimized for NFV workloads, now offers support for Red Hat OpenStack Platform in addition to HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade. The addition of the Red Hat OpenStack will offer CSPs and network equipment providers (NEPs) their choice of pre-packed, pretested and supported carrier grade virtual infrastructure management (VIM) tools. HPE claims that the solution is targeted for availability in April 2017.
Better virtualization for mission critical environments
Subscriber data management (SDM) technologies let CSPs consolidate and manage subscriber and device data across heterogeneous networks via a single, unified repository, allowing operators to simplify their networks and avoid data duplication and inconsistencies so they can create new personalized services faster and more cost-effectively.
According to the company HPE SDM solutions can be deployed as either physical or virtual network functions using a variety of COTS hardware and software. It adds fault-tolerance, high availability and scalability required by mission critical CSP environments to already proven virtualized SDM functions. SDM for HPE Virtualized NonStop is targeted for availability in March 2017.
HPE Virtual Headend Manager
CSPs utilize dedicated headend equipment to distribute content to subscribers’ devices. As content demands increase and customers’ consumption habits evolve, additional headend appliances require quick deployment to reduce costs and complexity.
The HPE Virtual Headend Manager (vHM), takes a software-defined approach, providing a non-proprietary, scalable, programmable network infrastructure. That helps CSPs to deploy new channels, adapt to new technologies and reduce the complexity of integration.
Using this wil reduce CAPEX and simplify operations management for improved OPEX. Additionally, HPE vHM will help CSPs create new sources of revenues with innovative channels-as-a-service type of solutions. This service is targeted for availability in March 2017.
Accelerating the VNF onboarding process
According to the company, as virtualization and cloud technologies move into CSP networks and LTE/5G deployments increase, successful deployments depend on the ability to quickly onboard new VNFs and link them into network services.
By launching the HPE VNF Onboarding Factory Service, businesses can reduce the risk, complexity and time it takes to onboard and deploy new services faster. The service utilizes open-standards based tools to accelerate the steps to examine the VNF, build the information model/templates and the descriptors used for integration into MANO and NFV infrastructure layers, support onboarding on multi-VIM environments and allows the creation of appropriate service models for vendors that support NFV open orchestration standards. The HPE VNF Onboarding Factory Service is targeted for availability in the second half of 2017.