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How is open source impacting NFV and SDN deployments?

On this week’s show we look at how open source is impacting NFV and SDN deployments and top stories from the past week

Open source continues to be a growing influence on the rollout of software deployments across the telecom space, with a greater focus on using open-source platforms to power network functions virtualization and software-defined networking.

One of the organizations that has been pressing for greater collaboration around open source is TM Forum, which has become a unifying presence for companies looking to boost interoperability between virtualized platforms. I recently had a chance to speak with Ken Dilbeck, head of TM Forum’s collaboration program, on the growing importance of open-source platforms in the development of commercial NFV and SDN technologies.

We also look at some of the top headlines across the NFV and SDN space:

– Telecom vendor Alcatel-Lucent announced it has joined the ON.Lab’s ONOS project, which is focused on developing scalable SDN solutions for telecom operators. Alcatel-Lucent joins the ON.Lab organization with an expected focus on virtualized multilayer IP and optical solutions and joins founding members AT&T, NTT Communications, SK Telecom, China Unicom, Ciena, Cisco, Ericsson, Fujitsu, Huawei, Intel and NEC.

ON.Lab last month announced a partnership with the Linux Foundation designed to boost open source-based work targeting SDN and NFV. That partnership is said to focus on creating SDN solutions tapping open-source software platforms, white boxes, network control and management applications to boost the creation and deployment of SDN platforms.

– TIA threw its might behind the growing NFV space, announcing plans to launch an NFV interoperability testing laboratory. TIA said the lab is expected to launch early next year and is to be the first vendor-neutral testbed for NFV technology in North America.

The lab is set to leverage standards work being conducted by ETSI’s NFV Industry Specification Group and benefit “original equipment manufacturers, solutions developers, integrators, researchers, customers and the end users who benefit from the deployment of these exciting new technologies.”

The testbed is also expected to help support the growing influence of open source in the NFV and SDN world, which is becoming a significant focus for mobile operators, vendors and organizations.

Make sure to check out our next episode of NFV/SDN Reality Check on Dec. 4, when we again look at some of the top news stories of the week and speak with Chris King, senior director of product marketing at Oracle, to discuss progress being made in terms of network and service orchestration and the importance to NFV and SDN deployments.

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