New members join to advance open source Network Functions Virtualization
SAN FRANCISCO, May 22, 2015 — The OPNFV Project, a community-led industry supported open source flexible platform for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), today announced that EMC has joined as a Platinum member, and VMware has joined as a Silver member. EMC joins other Platinum members AT&T, Brocade, China Mobile, Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Juniper Networks, NEC, Nokia Networks, DOCOMO, Red Hat, Telecom Italia, Vodafone and ZTE.
OPNFV is an open source project focused on accelerating the evolution of NFV. The project has united over 100 developers from service providers and commercial suppliers to collaborate on the development of a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform for NFV. Members are committed to help advance the creation of a flexible, open source framework for NFV.
EMC is driving innovation for telcos as the industry moves to adopt software-defined technologies in a rapidly transforming market. Together with VMware, the companies offer a deep ecosystem of solutions, technologies and partnerships that enable telcos to leverage NFV, big data and the cloud to transform their core networks.
“The telecom industry is undergoing a fundamental transformation. EMC is pleased to be part of OPNFV and to support its mission to use open source in order to accelerate the evolution of NFV for the unique needs of the telecom industry during this time of massive change. Today EMC provides unique capabilities that enable carriers to optimize operations and monetize real-time data. Through our participation in OPNFV, we’re committed to innovating for the future as we work closely with EMC’s federation of businesses to build an NFV platform with differentiation at all levels of the stack,” said David Hudson, Senior Director of the Communication Service Provider Group, Office of CTO at EMC Corporation.
“VMware is committed to supporting communication service providers as they transform to next generation cloud infrastructures,” said David Wright, vice president of operations, Telco NFV group at VMware. “I’m delighted that VMware and our Federation partner EMC are joining the OPNFV project to help accelerate the adoption of virtualized network infrastructures using OpenStack, the open interfaces of choice for our customers.”
“Open collaboration allows for a range of perspectives and opinions to be heard and debated via code,” said Heather Kirksey, director, OPNFV. “We’re seeing industry leaders unite around OPNFV as the place to have those debates and the result will be a stronger platform for all. We look forward to contributions from EMC and VMware to help accelerate the creation of an open source reference platform for NFV.”
Paul To, director, Cloud & NFV, EMC, will join OPNFV’s board of directors as well as the Technical Steering Committee. As part of its Platinum membership, EMC 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 flexible 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
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