HP announced HP NFV System, a pre-integrated network functions virtualization (NFV) platform designed to enable communications service providers (CSPs) to accelerate production NFV deployments. HP NFV System is pre-integrated with HP Helion OpenStack® Carrier Grade, providing an open source based cloud platform to support CSPs reliability, scalability and performance requirements.
HP also introduced NFV Director 3.0, providing management and orchestration capabilities that enhance the flexibility and scalability of CSPs current operations support systems (OSS), as well as new analytics capabilities to help harness NFV data to enhance real-time decision making. In addition, HP unveiled new services to help CSPs transform their infrastructure for NFV.
NFV offers a new way for CSPs to design, deploy, and manage networking services. By decoupling the network functions from proprietary hardware appliances, CSPs can accelerate the introduction of new, compelling services quickly and cost-effectively.
As the telecommunications industry shifts from successful NFV proof-of-concepts towards production deployments, CSPs, network equipment providers (NEPs) and their software and services partners require stability, high performance and carrier grade reliability at every layer of the NFV architecture. This requires platform infrastructure vendors to provide end-to-end systems design, validation and support to ensure continuous availability of critical network functions.
Production ready NFV solutions
HP NFV System brings together HP hardware and software to create a pre-integrated solution bundle optimized for NFV workloads. HP NFV System kits are built based on HP’s extensive NFV proof-of-concept experience and are designed to handle a variety of NFV use cases. The kits are designed with an optimal mix of hardware and software to simplify and accelerate NFV deployments, providing customers a simplified end-to-end experience from ordering, deployment, operations, lifecycle management and services.
Kits are designed as building blocks that will allow customers the flexibility to start small and scale out as requirements increase. HP NFV System consists of:
HP NFV Starter Kit – An all-in-one kit comprised of compute nodes with carrier grade performance, control nodes in high availability configuration running virtual infrastructure management (VIM) software – HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade, as well as physical infrastructure management (PIM) software and storage nodes. HP NFV Starter Kit is a complete turnkey solution designed to help CSPs quickly and effectively deploy NFV clouds.
HP NFV Compute Kit – Comprised of server nodes that run virtual network functions (VNF) workloads, combined with carrier grade capabilities that enable fast packet processing required in telecommunications applications. HP NFV Compute kit can be added to the HP NFV Starter kit to augment its workload processing capacity, providing customers a flexible scale out path.
HP NFV Control Kit – Consists of HP Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade VIM software and PIM software, including HP OneView, HP Intelligent Management Center and HP Central Management Console. HP NFV Control Kit is designed for customers running custom, limited trials reusing existing infrastructure elements with minimal CAPEX spend.
HP NFV Storage Kit – A pre-configured solution that can be integrated with HP NFV Starter Kit to provide additional capacity for storage intensive applications like content delivery networks (CDN). HP NFV Storage Kit simplifies integration with existing HP NFV System environments, reducing time to roll-out new services, minimizing OPEX spend.
“Many telcos and suppliers have done NFV proof-of-concepts and are now ready to move to production. To do that, they need solutions that are open, carrier grade, and easy to deploy,” said Narayanan Chellappan, Country Director, Cloud Division, HP India. “HP NFV System provides an integrated, pre-tested, deployment-ready NFV hardware and software platform to get customers up-and-running quickly and confidently.”