VMware signs on with OPEN-O Project

The company will continue to advance industry adoption of open standards-based orchestration for network functions virtualisation

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VMware signs on with OPEN-O Project Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group at VMware.
By  Alexander Sophoclis Pieri Published  January 17, 2017

VMware, a global firm specialised in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, has joined the OPEN-O Project.

The open-source project, which is hosted by the Linux Foundation, offers leading communications, cable and cloud operators, end-to-end service orchestration across their respective network functions virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure. The same solutions are also extended to software-defined networks (SDN) and legacy networks.

Serving as a premier member, VMware will hold a seat on the governing board, and will also actively participate with both the technical steering and marketing committees to aid in driving advancement within open, standards-based orchestration

Marc Cohn, executive director, OPEN-O and vice president, network strategy, The Linux Foundation, commented: "The OPEN-O Project is representative of the industry movement towards adoption and production deployment of open standards-based orchestration to enable operators to capitalize on NFV and SDN architecture."

He added: "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."

The OPEN-O Project features several globally-recognised operators, which include the likes of China Mobile, China Telecom and Hong Kong Telecom (HKT). The ongoing project aims to tackle the rising demands of CSPs and Telecos who are aiming to combine network, mobility, IT architectures and cloud, into a congregated platform for networking and applications.

Several of the world's largest operators including China Mobile, China Telecom and Hong Kong Telecom (HKT) are participating in OPEN-O, joining many open networking innovators including VMware.

Gabriele Di Piazza, vice president of solutions, Telco NFV Group at VMware, said: "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."


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