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Cisco to buy Embrane in NFV automation play

Cisco is consolidating its NFV portfolio with an increasing focus on automation

Networking giant Cisco announced its intent to acquire network function virtualisation (NFV) and Cisco tech specialist Embrane for an undisclosed sum this week, a move intended to bolster the company’s networking automation capabilities.

Open Networking Foundation wary of ‘big vendor’ influence on SDN

Pitt said networking has remained too proprietary for too long

Dan Pitt, executive director of the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), has warned of the dangers of allowing the big networking vendors to have too much influence over the development of SDN, arguing they have a strong interest in maintaining the proprietary status quo.

Industry cool on new NFV group, intentions unclear

The Open Edge Alliance (OEA) gets a cool reception from industry members

Telco Systems, a traditional carrier Ethernet vendor, has announced the formation of the Open Edge Alliance (OEA), a vendor programme specifically targeting the deployment of network functions virtualisation and software defined networking at the network edge. The partnership programme has initially received a cool reaction from various members of the NFV community.

Mobile World Congress demos suggest NFV commercially ready

Juniper and Canonical are partnering on telco cloud NFV

NFV was unveiled at last year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and was rapidly heralded as the next-big-thing for carrier networking. This year, multiple pledges have been made by exhibitors to demonstrate the power of an NFV-enabled architecture, with showcases expected to run all week by some of the industry’s largest players, which aim to show the tech’s move towards commercial readiness.

Samsung and SK to deploy NFV in live IoT LTE network

Samsung and SK Telecom are working to deploy NFV to make Internet of Things data more managable

The network functions virtualisation (NFV) and internet of things (IoT) movements have taken steps towards mass real-world roll-out with the news this week that Korean powerhouses SK Telecom and Samsung Electronics will work together on deploying network virtualisation technologies as part of a nationwide mobile network designed to support improved management of IoT data.

VMware bolsters disaster recovery, NFV, on-demand VPC offerings

VMware has announced a series of updates to its cloud services

VMware has revamped its disaster recovery offerings for vCloud Air users and added metered usage billing to the company’s virtual private cloud offerings. The company has also made changes to its network function virtualisation platform NSX in a bid to bring it more in line with competing NFV products.

HP, Wind River collaborate on Open Stack-based NFV solution

HP and Wind River are redoubling efforts to bring NFV to market

HP has announced it will begin developing original NFV capabilities in partnership with network virtualization specialist Wind River. Carrier-grade network technologies from Wind River will be integrated into HP’s Helion OpenStack technology, and is intended to provide service providers with an open-source based cloud platform bringing enhanced reliability to NFV.

AT&T, Ericsson virtualise IMS CSCF on OpenStack

AT&T is working with Ericsson on NFV

AT&T and Ericsson announced that the companies have jointly demonstrated a virtualised IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) node call session control function (CSCF) on OpenStack using Ericsson’s cloud execution and management platform.

SDN channel strategy moves one step forward with HP SDN app store

HP is launching an SDN app store, which may evolve into a notable experiment for the SDN channel

HP is set to launch an app store for software defined networking (SDN) and virtual networking applications which the company said will improve access to virtualised networking tools and help speed up their deployment in enterprises.

OIF, ONF link up to test transport SDN

The OIF and ONF are working on SDN in the transport layer

The Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), an industry group uniting the data and optical networking sectors including carriers, component manufacturers and system vendors, has announced a collaboration with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF) which will see the organisations work together with leading telcos and research institutions to test software defined networking (SDN) in the transport layer.

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