Telefonica has announced plans to work with Red Hat and Intel to create a virtual infrastructure management (VIM) platform based on open source software running on standard Intel based servers.
This work will become part of Telefónica’s recently created Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Reference Lab aimed at developing virtual network functions along with upper service orchestration layers.
Current telecommunications networks, composed of a myriad of closed hardware appliances and ad hoc equipment, are becoming a constraint for innovation in an increasingly digital and network-centric world. To overcome this situation, telecommunications industry leaders, as part of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Specification Group are working to define a common framework architecture for network services based on standard virtualized commercial off-the-shelf hardware running the network functions in software. This novel approach can help reduce operational costs, promote interoperability, and provide a more open ecosystem to make it easier for telecommunications providers to adapt and expand services.
In support of the lab, Telefónica, Red Hat, and Intel will each commit engineering and testing resources, in open collaboration with partners and the open source community, to enable these technologies to achieve the levels of performance and functionality NFV workloads require to make the vision of the “Open Digital Telco” a reality.
Telefónica has defined with its UNICA Infrastructure initiative the reference architecture to boost the adoption of virtualized network equipment in Telefónica networks aiming a multivendor and standardized virtualized network. The NFV Reference Lab is a necessary step to grant the multivendor approach of UNICA and its mid-term evolution.