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VMware Becomes Part of the Open Networking Movement by Joining OPEN-O

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VMware Becomes Part of the Open Networking Movement by Joining OPEN-O

January 11, 2017

  By Frank Griffin, Contributing Writer

The OPEN (News - Alert)-Orchestrator Project (OPEN-O) was established by the Linux Foundation with the mission of having a unified orchestration platform that enables end to end service across SDN, NFV, and legacy networks to support NFV (NFVO and VNFM) and SDN orchestration. The project also looks to accelerate service innovation, improve agility across open networking operations and integrate multiple vendors. One of the vendors that has announced it will become part of OPEN-O is VMware, provider of innovative solutions designed to accelerate the digital transformation of organizations around the world with a software defined approach to business and IT.

According to VMware, it will be joining OPEN-O as a platinum member, which will allow it to participate in the governing board and technical steering and marketing committees so it can address and help to drive innovations in open, standards-based orchestration.

The OPEN-O was formed with the support of leading industry players, including Brocade, China Mobile, China Telecom, DynaTrace, Ericsson, F5 Networks (News - Alert), GigaSpaces, Huawei, Infoblox, Intel, KT, Red Hat, Raisecom, Riverbed and ZTE. The participation of these companies is pushing for an open source orchestration framework to integrate open networking technologies so carriers can quickly and cost-effectively implement SDN and NFV through open source code development.

"Operators participating in OPEN-O feature a subscriber base in excess of a billion mobile, residential and business users. With the addition of leading NFV vendors such as VMware, we believe OPEN-O will successfully deliver the abstraction needed to deliver complex services over SDN and NFV infrastructures as well as legacy networks," said Marc Cohn, Executive Director, OPEN-O and vice president, network strategy, The Linux Foundation (News - Alert).

This project and the participation level from leading industry players highlights the movement towards adoption and production deployment of open standards-based orchestration so service providers can use the innovation and new levels of efficiency NFV and SDN architecture offer. With more than 400 communication service providers and telecoms around the world looking to accelerate their operations and be able to launch new services faster, open networking will provide the tools to significantly improve service agility and speed to increase revenues, while at the same time lowering overall costs and increasing the bottom line.

"Implementing NFV requires a robust NFV infrastructure, and the agility provided by the type of comprehensive NFV and multi-cloud orchestration the OPEN-O Project promises to deliver. Customers will ultimately choose the path that best helps them meet their digital transformation objectives, and by joining OPEN-O, VMware is extending its position as a major player in defining the evolution and adoption of NFV by Telcos and communications service providers," said Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group at VMware.

The participation of VMware in OPEN-O is also going to be followed by some of the largest operators, including China Mobile (News - Alert), China Telecom and Hong Kong Telecom (HKT).

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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