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Thursday, May 21 • 3:10pm - 3:50pm
Delivering a Carrier-Grade Platform with OpenStack: From Sprints to Marathons

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Telco Network Equipment Vendors (NEPs) and Communication Services Providers (CSPs) are fast moving from Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions in their respective labs to real world deployments with OpenStack as the overwhelming Cloud Operating System. NFV deployments pose a number of additional unique challenges over any traditional enterprise cloud deployment and vendors are looking up to OpenStack to suitably address them.

Telco Grade Platform: At the foundational level, NFV environments require a platform that must be considered Telco-grade. This includes the need to provide availability in the 5 9s for the control and compute planes, Virtual Network Function (VNF) resiliency and Network service orchestration among others. To ensure a carrier grade platform is fully operationalized for Telco needs, it would also need to be integrated with equally resilient OSS/BSS applications for operator efficiency thereby requiring well defined interfaces across the spectrum.

Telco Grade Security: A traditional, proprietary, appliance-based Physical Network Function (PNF) used to allow the Telco vendor to add custom enhancements to secure the datacenter. Moving to an industry standard, homogenous environment that is virtualized using a variety of Open Source technologies poses a number of inherited and unforeseen security challenges for Telco customers. Among others, an NFV environment is expected to provide multi-tenancy, use a common virtualization platform for easier Virtual Network Function (VNF) integration, federate with existing security products & data stores and work seamlessly across geographical boundaries.

Telco Grade Distributed Systems: A Telco network for a critical workload, such as Evolved Packet Core (EPC), typically runs across multiple data centers. In the NFV domain, this requires the various Network Services (NS) and their respective Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) to be globally aware of the environment they are deployed in and of each other. As an NFV environment is scaled to meet data demands, it cascades changes across data centers world-wide making a distributed, multi-site management an integral requirement for Telco customers. 

This technology-and-demo session will cover three of the critical needs as expressed by various NEPs and CSPs with a deep-dive into the various hardening measures done to OpenStack and will provide a look into future enhancements.

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Tariq Khan

Chief Technologist, OpenStack & SDN, HP
Chief Technologist within HP’s Telecom Business Unit driving solution areas that include Cloud solutions, Software-defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In this role, I’m responsible for shaping HP’s NFV technology architecture related to the Virtual... Read More →
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Arun Thulasi

Chief Technologist, NFV Business Unit, HP
Arun Thulasi is the Chief Technologist for Vertical Solutions in the Network Functions Virtualization Business Unit at HP. His responsibilities include defining, building and delivering NFV solutions bringing together technologies that form building blocks of a Next-Gen network (Cloud... Read More →

Thursday May 21, 2015 3:10pm - 3:50pm PDT
Room 110

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