MWC 2014: Wind River’s Carrier Grade Communications Server targets NFV
Wind River has introduced what it claims is industry’s first commercial carrier grade integrated and virtualised software platform.
Called Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server, it is designed specifically for network functions virtualization (NFV) deployment and integrates with existing networks.
“Carrier networks are evolving toward full virtualisation of function, and central to this transformation is a platform that allows easy virtualization of applications while maintaining the core attributes of a carrier grade solution: availability, scalability, security and management,” said Mike Langlois, the firm’s general manager communications business, claiming: “While many companies supplying enterprise IT solutions may claim they offer an NFV solution, without the ability to deliver on carrier grade, those products are not a true fit to successfully achieve NFV.”
Carrier Grade Communications Server will enable operators to migrate their networks to NFV architectures while maintaining the carrier grade attributes.
The software is based on the firm’s Open Virtualization with its Linux, real-time kernel-based virtual machine (KVM++), carrier grade enhancements to OpenStack, and Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK)-accelerated vSwitch technologies.
“Carrier grade is essential for operators and service providers as they cannot deploy applications unless they can do the following: Maintain ‘five 9s’ or ‘six 9s’ reliability, manage applications through their existing OSS/BSS/NMS systems, provide significant scalability, especially as new device categories get attached to the network as part of the IoT, and achieve the service level agreement they already guarantee their customers with non-virtualised applications.”
A key value of NFV is the ability to run what used to be dedicated boxes on virtual machines on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware.
Carrier Grade Communications Server is optimised for HP ProLiant servers and Intel Xeon processors.