Dell, Red Hat team up on network virtualization
Dell is teaming up with Red Hat to drive its effort to be a force in the burgeoning area of network function virtualization (NFV) technology, aimed at helping carriers reduce costs and quickly roll out new services.
Co-engineered Dell-Red Hat OpenStack-based NFV and SDN (software defined networking) applications are expected to be available in 2014, Dell said.
Traditionally, network functions were run on proprietary equipment. Offering new services meant testing and deploying new specialized appliances, an expensive and slow process, said Gartner analyst Akshay Sharma. Major carriers are interested in NFV because its gives them a standards-based approach to virtualizing telecom applications, allowing them to run on industry standard servers, he said.
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