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NFV Essentials Week in Review: Cirrus, Epsilon, Huawei, Spirent

August 13, 2016

This week in NFV Essentials was a time of benchmark testing, lab opening stories and new partnership announcements.

As contributing writer Steve Anderson explained, The Tolly Group recently did network functions virtualization benchmark testing with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Spirent and WindRiver. HPE contributed its Helion Carrier Grade Platform to the effort. Spirent defined the test bed and WindRiver created the test bed, according to Anderson.

“The tested system offered 10G forwarding performance on anything with a 256 or 512 frame size, and even greater in some cases,” Anderson wrote. “Consistency also seemed well in hand, as the variance for 256 and greater was a flat zero, though lower-sized frames saw a variance of just under 0.5 percent. Plus, testing of various failure events also turned out reasonably well, as the system was found to recover from several known failure types including VNF failure, compute node failure, and several others.”

Anderson also this week reported that service provider Epsilon will be using the Cirrus Core Networks NFV infrastructure-as-a-service solution to support its cloud connectivity and intelligent networking requirements.

“We chose Epsilon because it has one of the largest interconnect bases and global network coverage of any operator in the world,” commented Cirrus Core Networks CEO Adam Crane. “Its facilities and intelligent networks are a perfect match for our disruptive business model and innovative solutions. MNOs want simple and flexible solutions for rolling out VoLTE, M2M, and other next-gen service, and Epsilon helps us to deliver that.”

And as I wrote this week for NFV Essentials, Huawei this month formally announced the launch of Cloud Open Labs. These are interconnected facilities at which its industry partners are welcomed to collaborate and work with operators and other organizations to work on digital transformation efforts.

I also spoke this week with David He, the newly named president of Huawei Enterprise U.S. He talked about the company’s R&D efforts, its broad solutions portfolio and the importance of not just technology but also business transformation.

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Events and Activities

NFV & Carrier SDN

September 13-14, 2016, Denver, CO

SDN & OpenFlow World Congress

October 10-14, 2016, World Forum, The Hague, Netherlands

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December 12-14, Santa Clara Convention Center, California

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