Alcatel-Lucent expands NFV collaboration with Intel
Alcatel-Lucent has revealed that it is expanding the scope of its Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) collaboration with Intel Corporation, which aims to help operators worldwide improve their time to market and operational efficiency, and to drive the creative development of new products and services for consumers and business using cloud technologies.
NFV is becoming more popular among mobile service providers today since it allows quick and easy innovation, and at the same time provides the best return on their investments in all-IP network infrastructures including LTE. While Alcatel and Intel have been long-standing partners already working on NFV, the expanded collaboration will focus on three areas to accelerate the development and optimisation of three Alcatel-Lucent platforms on Intel architecture.
First is the Virtualized Radio Access Networks portfolio expansion. This will aid in optimising Alcatel-Lucent's LTE and LTE-Advanced wireless products, enabling operators to use general purpose platforms in configurations that will reduce TCO and increase their ability to scale networks to satisfy mobile data demand with rapidly changing devices and applications.
Second is the enhancement of the CloudBand NFV platform including joint contributions to the Open source community, which should facilitate accelerated service provider testing, validation and deployment of NFV technology and products.
Finally, the high-performance packet processing for advanced IP/MPLS platforms and functions provides Alcatel-Lucent's IP development team the insights required to use the features and capabilities of Intel architecture for an optimum performance in virtualized IP/MPLS functions.
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