NEW DELHI: HP today introduced OpenNFV, a comprehensive Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) program designed to assist the telecommunications industry accelerate innovation and launch novel services faster, easier and with less expense through the virtualization of telecommunications core networks and network functions.
The telecommunications industry is facing competitive pressure from over-the-top (OTT) players who are more agile, flexible and able to roll out revenue-generating services and appliances much faster than the communications service providers (CSPs). Furthermore, CSPs are faced with the rapid growth of rich media applications, which is slowing voice revenue and exploding network traffic.
“NFV represents one of the most significant shifts the telecommunications industry has experienced in 20 years,” alleged Som Satsangi, vice president, Sales, Enterprise Group, HP India. Supplementing that – “HP’s OpenNFV Program combines HP’s technology leadership with a strong partner ecosystem to enable our customers to leverage new market opportunities faster while managing spiraling costs.”
The HP OpenNFV Program empowers CSPs to accelerate time to market and drive new revenue. Prior to adopting NFV, CSPs managed cumbersome, individual network hardware appliances. Braced with HP OpenNFV, they can now leverage commercial off-the-shelf hardware with virtualization to test and deploy new offerings in minutes rather than months, opening the door for CSPs to be the industry innovators.
To fuel this adoption, HP has dedicated Bethany Mayer, currently senior vice president and general manager, HP Networking, to shoulder responsibility for coxswaining HP’s NFV strategy. Mayer was chosen based on her experience working across HP, her start-up experience and her deep knowledge in the networking space.
This companywide effort powers the breadth and depth of HP’s innovation portfolio to launch an open standards-based NFV Reference Architecture, HP OpenNFV Labs, and a partner ecosystem of best-in-class NFV applications and services. HP also brings more than 30 years of telco-specific experience, along with more than 5,000 telco professionals to this new offering, confirming that carriers have a tried and tested partner supporting them on their NFV journey.
HP OpenNFV Program is available worldwide. Pricing varies depending on client need and customization. The HP OpenNFV Labs will be located in existing HP facilities worldwide, with a scheduled open date in early spring.