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Wind River Launches Titanium Cloud Ecosystem Program to Accelerate Deployment of NFV

Wind River®, a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems, today launched its Titanium Cloud ecosystem program for Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server. Through this program, Wind River and its partners will ensure the availability of optimized, interoperable hardware and software solutions that accelerate time-to-market for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) deploying infrastructure based on network functions virtualization (NFV). Currently, five industry leaders in NFV announced their participation in the program: Brocade, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Nakina Systems, and Overture; with additional partners to follow.

Like its Titanium namesake, the Wind River ecosystem will build rock-solid solutions based on the Carrier Grade Communications Server platform. Working closely with Wind River telecommunications experts, Titanium Cloud partners will optimize their standard products, available now, to fully utilize the features of the Wind River platform. Wind River is discussing the program and its NFV solutions during the Light Reading Big Telecom Event at booth C4.

Carrier Grade Communications Server is an integrated portfolio of software elements that enables NFV infrastructure to achieve the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks. Legacy networks deliver six-nines (99.9999%) reliability, or no more than 30 seconds downtime per year. Platforms based on enterprise-class software designed for IT applications, however, typically achieve only three-nines (99.9%), or almost nine hours of downtime per year, which would result in excessive costs and revenue loss. Carrier Grade Communications Server is the only commercial NFV server solution that enables service providers to maintain six-nines reliability as they transition to virtualized infrastructure, allowing them to meet “always on” expectations. In addition, by accelerating the performance of virtual network functions (VNFs) and providing features that simplify the instantiation, management, and maintenance of VNFs, Carrier Grade Communications Server enables customers to minimize both capital expenses (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) as they progressively deploy NFV in their networks.

Through its new Titanium Cloud ecosystem program, Wind River works with industry-leading hardware and software companies to develop an ecosystem of interoperable standard products optimized for deployment with Carrier Grade Communications Server. Service providers and TEMs can select these products with the confidence that they have been pre-integrated, validated with Carrier Grade Communications Server, and available for deployment in live networks, providing proven solutions that span multiple layers within the overall NFV architecture and reduce both time-to-market and schedule risk for companies deploying end-to-end infrastructure. Beyond telecom networks, the program also brings the benefit of high-reliability infrastructure to mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) applications across markets such as healthcare, industrial, and automotive.

“Realizing a successful NFV infrastructure requires collaboration across a broad ecosystem, ensuring the availability of end-to-end solutions that integrate seamlessly to deliver virtualized services at the necessary levels of carrier grade performance and reliability,” said Mike Langlois, general manager of the communications business for Wind River. “Carrier Grade Communications Server delivers a critical element of this infrastructure. Our Titanium Cloud ecosystem program provides a framework for Wind River to work with industry leaders like Brocade, GENBAND, Metaswitch, Nakina, and Overture to deliver standard product solutions that help service providers achieve their critical business imperatives, such as reducing operating costs while accelerating the introduction of new, high-value services.”

“Communication service providers are looking for validated end-to-end NFV solutions that comprise interoperable products from multiple suppliers, rather than point products that provide a single element in the architecture,” said Sandra Rivera, director of market development Communications and Storage Infrastructure Group at Intel. “The Wind River launch of the Titanium Cloud ecosystem will help address this important challenge. We expect that Titanium Cloud will accelerate service providers’ adoption of NFV with validated, interoperable hardware and software, based on the Carrier Grade Communications server running on Intel architecture platforms.”

Additional information about the Wind River Titanium Cloud ecosystem program is available at http://tinyurl.com/nfvprogpg.

Developed by telecom experts, Carrier Grade Communications Server is based on Wind River Open Virtualization with Wind River Linux, optimized real-time Kernel-Based Virtual Machine (KVM++), carrier grade enhancements to OpenStack®, and Intel® Data Plane Development Kit (Intel DPDK) accelerated vSwitch technologies. To learn more about Carrier Grade Communications Server, visit http://tinyurl.com/NFVprog061114.

SUPPORTING QUOTES:

“The Brocade Vyatta Platform directly addresses the telecom industry’s NFV call-to-action by delivering high-performance and interoperable networking services that enable operators to improve the ease in which they manage their networks’ growing dynamic workloads. The telecom industry is demanding open and scalable NFV solutions with carrier grade reliability for their networks. By collaborating with Wind River through the Titanium Cloud ecosystem to provide interoperable networking services, Brocade delivers best-in-class performance on an open platform, enabling the rapid creation of innovative and reliable systems.”

-- Kelly Herrell, Vice President and General Manager of Software Networking, Brocade

“GENBAND is pleased to be part of the Titanium Cloud ecosystem, which brings high performance NFV solutions to market for service providers, dramatically reducing time-to-market. We look forward to collaborating with Wind River on their platform to introduce innovative software-based NFV solutions that will allow today’s service providers to meet current market challenges.”

-- Sanjay Bhatia, Senior Director of Solutions Marketing, GENBAND

“The Metaswitch Perimeta Session Border Controller represents a critical function: securing service provider virtualized networks. As a member of the Titanium Cloud ecosystem, we leverage the six-nines reliability and VNF acceleration of Carrier Grade Communications Server to deliver Perimeta as part of a proven, end-to-end solution that achieves best-in-class performance, robustness, and scalability.”

-- Martin Taylor, CTO at Metaswitch Networks

“Nakina’s Network Integrity solutions comprise a portfolio of functions for the orchestration of virtual network functions (VNFs), including carrier grade access to network element data, integration with standard OSS/BSS systems, and a standardized model for system access and configuration. Running on Carrier Grade Communications Server through the Titanium Cloud ecosystem, our software delivers comprehensive orchestration features as part of a complete solution operating with carrier grade reliability.”

-- Mary O’Neill, CEO, Nakina Systems

“Overture’s Ensemble OSA™ is the open platform for service automation and network functions virtualization (NFV) that is built specifically for the service provider metro edge. Our customers demand carrier grade solutions, and Wind River’s Carrier Grade Communications Server is designed to help create the infrastructure for just such a solution. We are pleased to be part of the Titanium Cloud ecosystem to bring confidence to service providers that our Ensemble OSA solutions work together with Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server to deliver optimized operation of the joint carrier grade platform.”

-- Prayson Pate, CTO and Senior Vice President of Engineering, Overture

About Wind River

Wind River, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation (NASDAQ: INTC), is a world leader in delivering software for intelligent connected systems. The company has been pioneering computing inside embedded devices since 1981, and its technology is found in more than 1 billion products. Wind River offers the industry's most comprehensive embedded software portfolio, supported by world-class global professional services and support, and a broad partner ecosystem. Wind River delivers the technology and expertise that enables the innovation and deployment of safe, secure, and reliable intelligent systems. To learn more, visit Wind River at www.windriver.com.

Wind River is a trademark or registered trademark of Wind River Systems, Inc. and its affiliates. Intel is a registered trademark of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. Other names may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

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