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NFV Essentials Week in Review: Ethernity, Ericsson, Red Hat

October 22, 2016

There’s been lots of action and work around network functions virtualization in places such as the U.S. and key countries in Europe. But, as Susan J. Campbell noted in an NFV Essentials piece this week, NFV can also be helpful in bringing communications capabilities to developing parts of the world.

“Careful use of VNF computing resources enables operators to reduce Capex and Opex and run their networks more efficiently,” OpenCloud marketing head Chris Haddock wrote in a recent piece cited by Campbell. “This is key for the success of operators in developing countries, searching for profitability in regions where revenues and margins are tight.”

Also this week in NFV Essentials, contributing writer Michael Guta reported that Ethernity Networks’ ENET-OF solution now supports OpenFlow v1.4 Agent. OpenFlow Agent, he explains, is a software module that abstracts optical switches, sensor gateways, wireless access points, and other legacy network elements so they can be managed with an SDN controller.

NFV Essentials contributing writer Steve Anderson, meanwhile, posted a piece about a new alliance between Ericsson and Red Hat. The companies are working together on OpenStack, software-defined infrastructure, and software-defined networking. They are focused on 5G, Internet of Things, and other use cases.

Anderson also this week wrote about what’s happening in messaging. He mentioned that in recent months that Google has stepped up its activities in messaging via a new relationship with Groupe Special Mobile Association and its work related to Rich Communication Service. That could single that Google aims to be a messaging competitor to Facebook’s Messenger and WhatApps, noted Anderson.

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