ZTE offers 'testbed' for network virtualization innovations

Staff writer
SDN CLOUD

ZTE has announced the availability of the company’s first testbed based on OPNFV Arno to enable partners to verify their NFV products for compatibility.

The testbed, a project of the ZTE SDN/NFV Joint Open Lab, will provide an open environment for NFV technology developers and help promote the development of network virtualization technologies internationally.

Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV), a San Francisco-based organization focused on driving the development of NFV, announced the availability of the Arno open source software in June.

Since opening in 2014, ZTE SDN/NFV Joint Open Lab has completed interconnection tests with partners including ARM, Centec Networks, Accton and Hillstone.

By building a hybrid cloud platform accommodating both the IT multi-tenant public cloud and carrier-class private cloud, and providing SDN and NFV development and test environments applicable to major scenarios covering the data center, access network, bearer network, and core network, the lab aims to accelerate industrialization of relevant products and solutions.

In 2014, ZTE launched the ElasticNet SDN (software-defined networking) IPRAN (internet protocol radio access network) solution, enabling customers to virtualize massive access-layer equipment, simplifying network structures and operations and maintenance (O&M).

ZTE, which is a platinum member of OPNFV, also provides an SDN-based Virtual Data Center (vDC) that rides on the popular configurations and infrastructure of the industry.

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