Openet to provide free of charge NFV software in initiative to promote interoperability and openness
Openet has announced that its OVLM (Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager) software will be made available free of charge from March 2016. This initiative will enable the adoption of vendor-interchangeable and interoperable Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and help operators to realise the benefits that open NFV can deliver.
Michael O’Sullivan, GVP Engineering for Openet, said: “NFV needs to be open, but in reality we see some VNF vendors insisting on delivering a bespoke VNF Manager, citing specific performance or complexity issues. The resulting integration effort not only demands that operators provide complex VNF on-boarding processes, but also introduces the danger of vendor lock-in. This will not help with the adoption of NFV, and will impact the flexibility and overall competitiveness of operators.”
To help address this concern, Openet will release a community edition of its OVLM (Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager). OVLM is an ETSI (European Telecoms Standards Institute) compliant VNF-Manager for configuration management, monitoring, recovery, VNF orchestration and lifecycle management of diverse multi domain and multi-vendor VNFs.
“In order to become more agile telecoms operators need NFV to be fully open,” continued O’Sullivan. “By making its software available free of charge on a community model, Openet is helping to remove a major pain point in managing diverse VNFs. This will accelerate cost effective NFV ecosystem build-outs and bring new services and products online faster and in a more robust manner. We will provide this software free of charge to operators, system integrators and VNF vendors. It’s important that all companies involved in the development and implementation of an open and interoperable ecosystem work together to enable NFV to advance.”
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