Major vendors collaborate on SDN/NFV interoperability

02 Jun 2016

CENX has teamed up with Brocade, Red Hat, and for an initiative aimed at building end-to-end service orchestration and management solutions to accelerate the deployments of software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) for services providers.

The companies are working together to interoperate their respective technologies to demonstrate end-to-end service management capabilities over hybrid physical and virtualized network infrastructure in CENX’s SDNFV Innovation Lab.

The demo involves CENX Exanova Service Intelligence, Red Hat’s OpenStack platform, and’s RIFT.ware NFV Orchestrator and VNF Manager.

CENX says the initiative highlights how interoperability between vendors can help accelerate time to market for service providers seeking to efficiently operationalize their SDN and NFV deployments using Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) capabilities.

“Many service providers are on an aggressive path to execute business transformation strategies, which are centered on next-generation SDN and NFV technologies,” said Andrew McDonald, CENX’s senior VP of core products.

“By bringing together leading vendors to pre-integrate comprehensive solutions across complex, hybrid physical and virtualized infrastructure, we can help service providers more quickly realize the opex-saving benefits of these innovations.”

The initiative is CENX’s latest push to provide interoperable, multi-vendor LSO and SDN/NFV solutions. In February, CENX successfully interoperated its Exanova Service Intelligence software with Ixia, Mitel, and VMware in a demo for real-time assurance of mobile data services for virtual Evolved Packet Core (vEPC).

CENX says its innovation lab provides an ecosystem, aligned with the “Central Office Re-architected as a Datacenter (CORD)” principle of providing data center economies and cloud agility to service providers.

The lab showcases streamlined operations and real-world implementation of leading-edge use cases, such as enterprise services using vCPE, VoLTE using vEPC, and Software-defined Wide Area Networking (SD-WAN).

CENX is taking part in the CommunicAsia Xperience Zone, showcasing its Exanova hyper-scale orchestrated service assurance solution for service providers. The software provides the unified LSO interface to the multiple components within a NFV architecture.

Booth: BJ2-07 (Ontario Pavilion)

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