Huawei and Red Hat are partnering to accelerate collaboration around OpenStack for network functions virtualisation (NFV) required by communication service providers (CSPs).
According to a survey by Infonetics Research, 93 percent of telecommunications operators plan to deploy NFV as carriers work to modernise the way telecommunications networks are built and operated. As OpenStack establishes itself as the platform of choice for NFV workloads, Huawei and Red Hat are engaging in a global partnership to cooperatively engineer carrier grade cloud solutions for CSPs.
As part of this initiative, Huawei and Red Hat aim to combine Huawei’s world class domain expertise and extensive global experience with telecommunications companies and Red Hat’s leading OpenStack and open source expertise to help CSPs embrace cloud computing with a carrier grade OpenStack solution.
They plan to integrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Huawei’s FusionSphere Cloud OS at the management layer to offer a unified open, flexible, and production-ready cloud solution to support telecommunication carriers’ NFV evolution. Working together, the partners plan to align upstream contributions, engineering, product, and go-to-market efforts to drive the adoption of OpenStack for NFV implementations by CSPs.
Huawei and Red Hat will work together to contribute NFV enabling features to the upstream OpenStack community, which are required by CSP cloud deployments, and serve as the foundation of highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solutions. By contributing results from their collaboration to the upstream community, Red Hat and Huawei are enabling the broader OpenStack community to benefit from their collaboration, unlike approaches that favor proprietary add-ons and further vendor lock-in.
Huawei and Red Hat also plan to work together to certify the joint solutions, giving CSPs confidence that the solutions will provide consistent performance and capability.