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Italtel the Newest HPE OpenNFV Partner

July 13, 2016

The software-defined networking (SDN) market, complete with network functions virtualization (NFV), is poised to experience a global adoption of its practices beginning in 2020 according to recent research by Deliotte. Although until that date it may continue to sit on the precipice of action because businesses are still hesitant to adopt SDN, several important market analysts believe that businesses across the globe will soon benefit in ways they have not yet realized.

One company working for that adoption is Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE). With its OpenNFV Partner Program, it offers partners a reference architecture so they can test new hardware and software that will work in virtualized environments. The latest partner to join the program, Italtel, announced this week that it will begin using its status to test the new NetMatch-S Cloud Inside Edition session border controller (SBC).

Federico Descalzo, the vice president chief of marketing at Italtel, commented on how his company’s new SBC will use its internal software to assist telecommunications companies.

“Joining the HPE OpenNFV Program enables us to demonstrate the capabilities of our virtualized network functions in an open multi-vendor environment,” Descalzo said. “There is great value in close collaboration with the HPE OpenNFV community. Italtel will take advantage of this partnership program in order to provide NFV solutions that can be quickly and easily delivered in telcos’ network (sic), reaching significant objectives in terms of operational efficiency and business agility.”

The benefits of software-based networking should not be understated. TMC’s analysis of the market, referenced earlier in this article, comments on financial market analysis specialist Deloitte’s point that huge advances tend to take place every 20 years in information technology. There once was the switch from analog to digital and then copper to fiber. Readers here may remember the switch from fixed to mobile, and they will likely experience the transition to SDN and NFV, which is poised to make networking more efficient and more manageable for even the largest enterprises and communications companies.

HPE may know this better than most. It stands at the forefront of the revolution as an early adopter, a promoter of virtualized networking and all the benefits it promises. It commented that its partnerships with companies such as Italtel make the OpenNFV program unique.

In the end, it is expected that preliminary testing of this SBC and other communications products will have a positive impact on businesses and end users. Businesses will benefit from products that work in commercial settings without costly, lengthy setup, and customers will benefit from the services those products provide, which can range from transmission of video chats to billing services, not to mention anything outside the scope of telecommunications.

One of the most interesting aspects of developments in SDN and NVF is the blurring of the lines of where each is applicable, i.e., communication service providers are actively already using SDN in their data centers and there is growing NFV interest from enterprises.  It is one of the reasons and benefits of the growing reliance on open source solutions for all types of virtualization.  

Edited by Peter Bernstein

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