Currently, five industry leaders in NFV announced their participation in the program: Brocade, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Nakina Systems, and Overture; with additional partners to follow.
Like its Titanium namesake, the Wind River ecosystem will build products based on the Carrier Grade Communications Server platform.
Carrier Grade Communications Server is an integrated portfolio of software elements that enables NFV infrastructure to achieve the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks.
Legacy networks deliver six-nines (99.9999%) reliability, or no more than 30 seconds downtime per year. Platforms based on enterprise-class software designed for IT applications, however, typically achieve only three-nines (99.9%), or almost nine hours of downtime per year, which would result in excessive costs and revenue loss.
Carrier Grade Communications Server is the only commercial NFV server solution that enables service providers to maintain six-nines reliability as they transition to virtualized infrastructure, allowing them to meet “always on” expectations.
In addition, by accelerating the performance of virtual network functions (VNFs) and providing features that simplify the instantiation, management, and maintenance of VNFs, Carrier Grade Communications Server enables customers to minimize both capital expenses (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) as they progressively deploy NFV in their networks.