Company commits to advancing a state-of-the-art open source NFV platform to expand its services portfolio
SAN FRANCISCO, November 18, 2014 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source reference platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that ZTE Corporation has joined as a Platinum member to advance open source NFV. ZTE Corporation joins the other Platinum members including AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, NTT DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia and Vodafone.
OPNFV is an open source project focused on accelerating the evolution of NFV. OPNFV is establishing a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV and to ensure consistency, performance and interoperability among multiple open source components. It is expected to increase performance and power efficiency, improve reliability, availability and serviceability, and deliver comprehensive platform instrumentation.
ZTE Corporation is an active participant in developing software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV technologies. The company has collaborated on open source technical projects with many domestic and international operators and research institutions. ZTE has built several solutions based on these technologies to help operators meet the changing demands of customers and quickly implement new business models.
“The market is embracing SDN and NFV, which opens doors for many opportunities for the industry to innovate and provide new services much faster,” said Dr. Xianming Zhao, CTO, ZTE Corporation. “Industry-wide collaboration on an open NFV platform will allow us to address critical concerns upfront and build a common reference platform. This will establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software.”
“The advent of SDN and NFV has brought about the biggest shift in networking in the past 20 years,” said Margaret Chiosi, president, OPNFV. “To make the technologies successful, we need to collaborate to build a common foundation for the future of networks. We look forward to seeing ZTE take an active role in helping to make OPNFV and open source NFV successful.”
Dick Chen, principal architect of corporate CTO group, ZTE, will join OPNFV’s board of directors, and Jun Zhang, radio network architect, ZTE, will join OPNFV’s Technical Steering Committee. As part of its Platinum membership, ZTE is dedicating additional employee resources to OPNFV to help build the reference platform for NFV.
About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV)
Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV. For more information, please visit: http://www.opnfv.org.
OPNFV is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems.www.linuxfoundation.org