Openet claims free access to its open software designed to hasten NFV adoption
Business support systems platform provider Openet is planning to offer its VNF Lifecycle Manager software for free beginning in March.
Openet said beginning March 31, it will provide free access to the software for operators, system integrators and VNF vendors. The company said the move is designed to hasten the adoption of vendor interchangeable and interoperable virtual network functions and allow operators to more quickly benefit from advances in network functions virtualization technology.
To further the move, Openet said it plans to release a community edition of its OVLM, which is currently an European Telecommunications Standards Institute compliant VNF manager for configuration management, monitoring, recovery, VNF orchestration and lifecycle management in mutlidomain and multivendor VNF environments.
“NFV needs to be open, but in reality we see some VNF vendors insisting on delivering a bespoke VNF manager, citing specific performance or complexity issues,” explained Michael O’Sullivan, GVP engineering at Openet. “The resulting integration effort not only demands that operators provide complex VNF on-boarding processes, but also introduces the danger of vendor lock-in. This will not help with the adoption of NFV, and will impact the flexibility and overall competitiveness of operators. … In order to become more agile telecoms operators need NFV to be fully open.”
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