Midokura aligns with Dell on Open Platform for NFV

With the specifications for the next generation networks calling for better resource management, faster connectivity to the networks, and smoother transition between networks, existing carrier infrastructure seemed ill-equipped to support those requirements without massive and expensive network upgrades.

Along with the Linux Foundation, the industry is tackling those challenges head-on by forming an industry alliance of telecommunication equipment providers and operators with the goal of developing a carrier-grade, integratable, open source reference architecture.  The Open Platform for NFV (Opnfv.org) is an open source project focused on advancing the adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV). Aligned with Dell’s Open Network Initiative, Midokura Enterprise Midonet, a software-based, highly distributed network virtualization system is complementary to Dell’s networking and server infrastructure.

With the industry’s push towards leveraging open cloud technologies for carrier networks, Midokura recently has joined the OpNFV Project as a Silver-level member where Dell is also involved as founding member.

We sat down with Wenjing Chu, one of the Board Officers for OpNFV and Distinguished Technologist, CTO NFV at Dell Research to get his perspective on the uses cases that would accelerate adoption of NFV.  Wenjing tells us that Dell Research is working on a proof-of-concept called High Velocity Cloud. By optimizing Dell standard servers and networking gear, Dell Research will be investing to make the virtual machines more capable of handling network-intensive workloads beyond 4G networks without the expensive network equipment upgrades.

Watch the video to hear from Distinguished Technologist Wenjing Chu about the Open NFV Project and the trends for open network virtualization.


Our Predictions for 2015 in Networking

Midokura has been at the forefront of the open networking industry by opensourcing MidoNet.

Because Dell Research is actively researching the types of architectural innovations that affect Dell’s future product direction, say three to five years out, our two companies have a unique vantage point to catch glimpses into the use cases that could be conceived leveraging massively distributed, cloud architectures for next-generation carrier and enterprise networks.

  1.  App owners to own the whole app and IT Stack from dev/test to production and scale. Shared Infrastructure services (compute, networking, storage) will be accountable to app owners in the lines of business. IT becomes more and more decentralized and reporting into business unit P&L leaders and doing away with silos completely.
  2. Rich content drives open networking. Consumption of rich media skyrockets globally. Ability to delivering rich content to regions with spotty internet becomes an imperative. Carriers supporting next-gen networks with infrastructure upgrades look to open source software and open platforms for cost reasons.
  3. Hyper-convergence gets real. Purpose-built virtualized hardware (compute/storage/networking) optimized for specific application workloads to come from ODMs. Competition between OEMs and the ODMs intensify and comes down to price performance, analytics and ease of management offer some differentiation, but true differentiation comes pre-deployment support during POC and post-sale, architectural design and support to help the end user company with scale.
Susan Wu

About Susan Wu

Susan is the Director of Technical Marketing at Midokura. Susan previously led product positions for Oracle/Sun, Citrix, AMD and Docker. She is a frequent speaker for industry conferences like OSCON, OpenStack Summit, Container World, Interop ITX, All Things Open, Linuxcon/CloudOpen/Containercon, Interzone, Data360/Cloudcon and Data Storage Innovation. Honored by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) organization as one of the Top Women in Cloud for 2013, Susan is passionate about advancing womens' contribution to the cloud industry and serves on the Board of Directors for CloudNOW. Follow Susan on Twitter @susanwu88

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