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Wind River preps software for NFV, Cloud Initiatives

28 Jun 2013

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Wind River recently developed an Open Virtualisation Profile to deliver high performance, open-source, real-time kernel virtualisation technologies for next generation telecommunications equipment as well as network functions virtualisation (NFV) and cloud advancements.

"As networks are pushed to their limits, virtualisation is becoming an increasingly important approach. Operators are looking towards NFV to support the transition to scalable platforms that enable flexible deployment of network services," said Jim Douglas, senior vice president of marketing at Wind River. "With Wind River Open Virtualisation Profile, we are delivering a real-time virtualisation solution to support the rigorous SLAs of a carrier network and enable them to gain the flexibility, scalability, and cost and energy benefits cloud data centres already enjoy."

Developed by optimising open source Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM) technology, the Open Virtualisation Profile is a high value add-on software profile for Wind River Linux. Users get the benefit of real-time deterministic KVM solutions, with virtual machine management, and support from the leading commercial embedded Linux provider. Customers can adopt a scalable end-to-end commercially supported virtualisation approach that combines the highest levels of performance, cost effectiveness and software intelligence portability across the network.

"By moving from a distributed hardware environment to a flexible and virtualized environment or cloud, operators can rapidly deploy new applications and services where and when they are needed instead of updating individual central office locations or hardware," continued Douglas.

The profile allows the deployment of network services on virtual machines without the performance loss associated with using traditional, propriety IT-like virtualisation products. This unique real-time approach enables customers to build products that can flexibly run intelligent services anywhere on the network, from access right to the core, driving up network efficiency and substantially lowering operational network costs. Open Virtualisation Profile meets the challenging demands of communications networks, but is applicable across other industries as well.

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