Nakina is pleased to welcome Charlie Ashton, Director of Business Development at Wind River, as a guest blogger:
If 2014 was the year NFV became a leading industry buzzword, 2015 may very well be the year when rubber meets the road and the operational realities of implementing carrier class networks become evident. While virtualization is by no means new (enterprise class data centers have been virtualizing servers for a decade), service provider networks present new challenges and requirements.
For instance a service provider workload, unlike common enterprise workloads, requires critical data plane capabilities which, in most cases, are involved in the delivery of services to hundreds of thousands (or more) subscribers. Examples include elements in the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) of a 4G LTE mobile network. Additionally, telecom networks have critical requirements in terms of availability, performance and security. Many Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) need deterministic, low-latency performance, which must be guaranteed by the NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) software.
Assuring the integrity of the network is critical in order to ensure seamless and continuous operation. Configuration parameters of NFVI and VNF components must be maintained to ensure that their performance supports Service Level Agreements (SLAs) for both business and consumer services, implying a mix of real-time, content-rich and interactive applications. It is easy to see how this becomes more challenging in virtualized networks in in which configurations are more dynamic, workload performance is key and protecting the security integrity of the environment critical.
The joint solutions from Wind River and Nakina address many of the looming operational complexities in NFV. Wind River Titanium Server is the industry’s first fully-integrated and feature-complete NFV software platform. It’s the only platform to guarantee six-nines (99.9999%) uptime for NFV infrastructure. No other commercial server solution enables service providers to maintain the rigorous uptime required as networks transition to a virtualized infrastructure. Nakina’s management and orchestration enablement solutions include a suite of orchestratable applications used to assure network and operational data integrity in physical and virtual networks. These applications continuously audit VNFs and NFVIs to ensure that configuration parameters match those expected by orchestrators, inventory and other OSS systems. Nakina also protects the security integrity of networks, enforcing and tracking the appropriate role-based access policies enforced end-to-end for both personnel and processes (like orchestrators, element management and VNF managers).
Wind River and Nakina will jointly present these and other topics from March 2nd through 5th at Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. Visit Wind River in Hall 7 Stand 7J65 and visit Nakina in Hall 7, Stand 7J11 .
We look forward to seeing you in Barcelona!