This week was NFV week at the NIA newsdesk with services and collaboration being keywords as providers and organizations, including AT&T, Orange, Verizon Enterprise Services and ONOS and ONF, announced NFV and SDN approaches and partnerships.
The ONOS Project and the
Open Networking Foundation collaborated to create the first open-source leaf-spine fabric, based on the ONOS SDN controller, OpenFlow 1.3 and bare-metal switching hardware, targeting service provider data centers, among other use cases. The first use case is ON.Lab's Central Office Re-architected as a Data Center (CORD) to create an integrated network functions virtualization (NFV) solution for service providers. "This is a potentially significant step for telecom operators trying to transform their data centers to be more efficient, and to convert some of their central offices into data centers," writes Light Reading's Carol Wilson. (See ONOS, ONF Create Integrated NFV Approach.)
Verizon Enterprise Solutions announced its first set of virtual network services, including security, WAN optimization, SD-WAN and virtual CPE. Immediately available around the world, the service gives customers options on how they move into the virtual world. Verizon partnered with a number of NIA members to build the portfolio of solutions: Cisco, Fortinet and Juniper. (See Verizon's Next With VNFs.)
In the NFV standards arena, AT&T and
Orange (NYSE: FTE) are partnering to speed up the standardization of interoperability for SDN and NFV. They are focusing on three aspects of virtualization: common specs for CPE, a streamlined common process for onboarding VNFs and interoperability between different operator's software-defined networks. The two providers will work with existing standards organizations instead of forming yet another new group. (See AT&T, Orange Unite to Press for SDN, NFV Standards for more on the partnership.)
Also this week, Orange Business Services acquired Log'in Consultants which consists of three units located in the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium. Orange did not disclose the financial details, but Log'in Consultants offers VDI (virtual desktop infrastructure) consultancy and infrastructure management services which let users access their virtualized desktop from any device.
Finally, for a little virtual reality fun, check out Light Reading's Mitch Wagner's slideshow from Cisco Live where the opening featured giant bouncy balls, dinosaurs and performers from Cirque du Soleil. See Cisco Live: Who Needs Flying Cars? for the slideshow but here's a sneak peek:
Said Wagner: "A performance worthy of a Vegas show got the crowd of 28,000 warmed up for CEO Chuck Robbins's keynote. I shot this photo about a half-hour before the keynote began; by the time it started, every seat in the arena was filled. One of those giant white 10-foot globes almost beaned me on the head while I was distracted by my camera."
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Managing Editor, Light Reading
Deploying New IP networks and services requires not only a new way of thinking but also a new way of building platforms and services, and getting there is not easy, especially when it comes to orchestration.