Inspur Unveils Virtual Central Office (VCO) 3.0 Lab for 5G NFV Deployments in Shanghai

Inspur, a leading service provider of cloud computing and big data, on Wednesday announced the upcoming availability of a Virtual Central Office (VCO) 3.0 lab in Shanghai, with partners including Accton, Kaloom, Red Hat and Linux Foundation.

VCO is a solution targeting multi-vendor Network Function Virtualization (NFV) deployments at telco central offices and the distributed edge cloud data centers. It is designed to be used for residential, enterprise and mobile services by telecommunication providers.

VCO 3.0, currently under development, defines a cloud native central office with an initial focus on 5G mobile services with a lab setup designed for both virtualized network functions (VNFs) and cloud native network functions (CNFs) in a common architecture.

The 5G lab in Shanghai will be built with the latest generation x86 server cluster provided by Inspur and open networking by Accton, as well as, Kaloom’s Software Defined Fabric and Cloud Edge Fabric solutions, along with Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.

Lauret Marchand, CEO, Kaloom
I am very excited to work with the community in China to drive new solutions and innovations to the market such as automation, unified VNF/CNF, programmability and network slicing.

Heather Kirksey, VP, Community and Ecosytem Development, Linux Foundation
This enables broader open networking community growth in Asia to drive local innovation. Additional vendors will have the opportunity to test VNFs and CNFs in containers for different 5G, cloud native, and edge use cases and demos.

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

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