Canonical/Ubuntu enables instant NFV

Mobile World Congress (MWC) taking place in Barcelona next week is arguably the biggest event in the Telco and Operator calendar attracting upwards of 72,000 visitors. It is renowned as the venue where the leading vendors launch new devices and Ubuntu may or may not have some announcements of its own in this area.

Less visible but just as important is the infrastructure behind the mobile network and here Ubuntu is starting to play a significant role. For backend network infrastructure, new developments are focused around Network Function Virtualisation (NFV) which allows sophisticated network services to be delivered rapidly without the need for specialised hardware. Ubuntu OpenStack and open source orchestration solutions enable instant NFV. With Ubuntu, NFV solutions can be instantly deployed, integrated and scaled on any public cloud, private cloud or bare-metal server.

Canonical’s open source cloud orchestration solution Juju is used today to deploy, integrate and scale anything from a complete private cloud to the latest Big Data solutions on any public, private cloud or server. MAAS (metal as a service) enables large bare-metal deployments.

Remember, Ubuntu has gained enormous popularity with fast moving, agile and innovative companies such as Instagram, SnapChat, Netflix and is in use for large, scale out installations at companies like Deutsche Telekom, NTT, AT&T and Comcast. It is this experience and pedigree that has led to Juju and Ubuntu OpenStack being used by some of the leading ISVs developing applications for advanced Virtual Network Functions: Tropo (Ameche), Metaswitch Networks (Project Clearwater) and Telestax (Restcomm) all instantly deploy, integrate and scale network solutions using Ubuntu and Juju.

These new technologies enable telecom operators to bring new NFV solutions into service in minutes instead of months. So while the news from MWC will likely once again focus on the new devices launched, exciting developments are also being made in infrastructure. Come and see Ubuntu in action on the Canonical booth at MWC – we might have got both areas covered 🙂

Want to arrange an instant NFV demo at MWC and understand more of how Ubuntu Openstack supports NfV? Contact us via nfv@canonical.com

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