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NFV Essentials Week in Review: Huawei, Red Hat, VMware

September 10, 2016

Various network infrastructure solutions providers have unleashed a wealth of new product news in the areas of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking in recent weeks.

For example, at its giant CONNECT 2016 shindig in Shanghai, China, Huawei unveiled something called the Agile Controller 3.0. It allows for automated deployment, on-demand bandwidth adjustment, optimization, and resource reservation on enterprise and service provider networks.

VMware is also fresh off of holding its event, which is called VMware. At the event the company provided a status update on its Cross-Cloud Architecture, introduced VMware Integrated OpenStack 3, unveiled new capabilities for VMware vSphere Integrated Containers, and more.

As web editor Maurice Nagle reported this week for NFV Essentials, NFV is a key focus for VMware and its customers.

“2016 is a year where NFV deployment is moving from proof of concept to deployment, and communication service providers are looking for tested solutions from partners to instill confidence as they move through this massive industry transition,” says Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions for the telco NFV group at VMware.

Meanwhile, Red Hat came out with the Red Hat OpenStack Platform 9. This is an infrastructure-as-a-service platform for deploying and managing private and public cloud and NFV environments.

“Now synonymous with private cloud computing, the OpenStack cloud framework likely would not exist, or at least would be incredibly different, without Linux,” noted a recent Red Hat blog. “It’s the scalability and flexibility of Linux that enables OpenStack to be so successful in bringing the benefits of private clouds to the enterprise, all while avoiding the lock-in that comes with a proprietary private cloud framework.”

In other recent NFV news, network edge virtualization company RAD introduced a server-based whitebox vCPE that allows operators to spin up virtual managed services addressing IT services, routing, security, SD-WAN, and more.

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NFV & Carrier SDN

September 13-14, 2016, Denver, CO

Cable-Tec Expo

September 26-29, 2016, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Convention Center

SDN & OpenFlow World Congress

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