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Can OpenStack Be Viable For Virtual CPE?

Can OpenStack Be Viable For Virtual CPE?

By Charlie Ashton Virtual Customer Premise Equipment (vCPE) is a hot topic right now for companies focused on business opportunities in network virtualization. IHS Infonetics surveyed service providers worldwide and concluded that virtual Business CPE (vBCPE) was the top use case for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in 2016.  A report from Analysys Mason concluded that vBCPE can generate new revenue…
Titanium Strong at MWC

Titanium Strong at MWC

By Ron Breault After the usual frenzy that is Mobile World Congress, I’ve returned home from Barcelona and have had time to reflect on the week’s frenetic activity.  What a great show it was for Wind River, and our Titanium Server program in particular! I started working on Wind River Titanium Server in 2013, when ETSI NFV was still in…
Will New CRAN Architecture be the Trigger for Widespread Deployments?

Will New CRAN Architecture be the Trigger for Widespread Deployments?

By Charlie Ashton Over the past couple of years, “CRAN” has become a term with multiple meanings. Depending on the author and the context, the “C” might stand for “Cloud”, “Centralized”, “Cooperative” or even “Clean."  In fact we posted a blog last year asking whether it was time to refine these acronyms to get some clarity. Regardless of which “C”…
Titanium Server CPE Combines High Reliability with Cost-Effective Deployments

Titanium Server CPE Combines High Reliability with Cost-Effective Deployments

By Charlie Ashton Over the past year or so, a strong consensus seems to have emerged within the telecom industry that the #1 use case for early deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will be Virtualized Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE). In this post we’ll briefly summarize why vCPE represents such an interesting business proposition for service providers and introduce Wind…
More than NFV: Transformations in Networking Bring Challenges and Opportunities

More than NFV: Transformations in Networking Bring Challenges and Opportunities

By Charlie Ashton With all the industry hype around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), it’s easy to lose track of the fact that telecom infrastructure is not the only segment of the networking market that’s undergoing radical transformation. Business of all kinds are benefitting from the wide-ranging evolutions of the networks they depend on. Billions of consumers, most of  whom are…
What does “open” really mean in the context of NFV?

What does “open” really mean in the context of NFV?

By Charlie Ashton 2015 was certainly an interesting year for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). It was the year when it became clear that the early use cases will likely be virtual CPE applications that offer a compelling business case for Return-on-Investment (ROI) and which can be implemented with minimal technology risk. It was the year when the ETSI initiative moved…
Blazingly Fast!

Blazingly Fast!

By Ron Breault As a Product Manager working on Wind River Titanium Server NFV software platform, I’m one of the lucky ones who gets to see new product features first hand, before they are widely rolled out to the market.  At Wind River we use an Agile Development Methodology, so the pace of product advancement is steady, with new capabilities being…
Key takeaways from ETSI NFV meeting #12

Key takeaways from ETSI NFV meeting #12

By Ron Breault I recently returned from the ETSI NFV Meeting #12 hosted by Verizon, Intel and Ericsson.  The venue was the beautiful Jersey City, New Jersey, sitting right across the Hudson river from downtown Manhattan, New York.  It was a terrific venue for me - in my own time zone and only one airport hop away!  I couldn’t be…
Titanium Server enhancements facilitate new NFV use cases

Titanium Server enhancements facilitate new NFV use cases

By Charlie Ashton & Ron Breault It’s been a busy 18 months for Wind River’s Titanium Server NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) platform. We announced Titanium Server at Mobile World Congress back in February 2014, as the industry’s first commercial Carrier Grade solution for NFVI, and it’s still the only platform in this category. We delivered the General Availability product release in…
Open-Source NFV Doesn’t Mean Cookie-Cutter NFV

Open-Source NFV Doesn’t Mean Cookie-Cutter NFV

By Charlie Ashton We recently published a couple of posts about the use of open-source technology in NFV, one asking “Will OPNFV become the de facto standard for NFV compatibility?” and the second explaining that “Yes, you can beat your NFV competitors to market while still leveraging open-source”. In these two posts, we discussed many of the benefits that developers…