Proximus Selects Openstack-based Cloudify Platform for NFV Management and Orchestration

Proximus Selects Openstack-based Cloudify Platform for NFV Management and Orchestration Image Credit: Cloudify

Belgium’s largest telecommunication company has chosen Cloudify’s cloud-native orchestration platform in its adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV). 

Proximus has selected Cloudify as a part of a multi-vendor team tasked with helping the company implement a next-generation, virtualized cloud network.

Cloudify’s role is to provide the NFV management and orchestration and assist with the onboarding and deployment of virtualized network functions(VNFs).

The goal of the Proximus NFV adoption initiative is to transform the company’s traditional hardware-centric networks into virtualized, cloud-native, software-driven domains that are simpler to operate and cost less to maintain. With these more agile and efficient networks, Proximus will be able to react rapidly to market trends, deploy new services, enhance network security, and quickly scale services to meet customers’ changing needs.

Cloudify claims that its software features a robust set of features, NFV-specific plugins and blueprints to model virtualized network functions (VNFs) and service function chaining (SFC) based on the telecom-friendly TOSCA standard.

Featuring TOSCA’s native multi-VIM interoperability capabilities, Cloudify has built-in support and blueprints for OpenStack as well as the entire VMware stack, including vCloud Director, VMware Integrated OpenStack and vSphere. It also enables extensibility of hybrid stacks, workloads and microservices, as well as bursting to public clouds for disaster recovery applications.

Proximus’s NFV adoption project, which began last year, is currently in the design, VNF onboarding and acceptance-testing phase. Others contributing to the project include Cisco, F5, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, Red Hat, Spirent and Tech Mahindra. Proximus aims to begin delivery of virtualized production services to customers in 2018.

Alex Thomas, Program Manager Cumulus & LPWan, Proximus
NFV adoption is a key component of our strategy for digital transformation, and Cloudify is helping us transform from traditional to virtualized networks that are simpler to operate, cost less to maintain and enable us to deliver better customer experiences.

Nati Shalom, CTO, Cloudify 
We’re lowering the adoption barriers for NFV by leveraging open source software that accelerates VNF onboarding while reducing technology risk. Working with Proximus, we’re deploying an NFV technology stack that is community-supported and interoperable with multiple cloud environments.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

For tips and feedback, email Ray at ray.sharma(at)thefastmode.com, or reach him on LinkedIn @raysharma10, Facebook @1RaySharma

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