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Policy Is NFV's Pacesetter

Ray Le Maistre

When France Télécom - Orange Director of Technical Strategy Yves Bellego told Light Reading that "network control equipment" such as the Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF) servers would be the first to benefit from network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments, that would have been music to the ears of the team at Openet Telecom Ltd. (See Orange Has High Hopes for NFV.)

The Irish Service Provider Information Technology (SPIT) vendor has been developing its policy control platform with NFV-type set-ups and software-defined networking (SDN) architectures in mind for a while, and believes it's ahead of the pack as a result.

It announced Wednesday that it has demonstrated its advanced NFV capabilities with an unidentified Tier 1 operator, claiming that it has successfully demonstrated "linear and scalable policy solutions" at that operator. (See Openet Boasts Virtualization Advances.)

It added: "For several years, Openet has supported virtualized environments for functional nodes, but providing automated elasticity within high performance stateful systems was a more difficult, technical challenge."

And in boasting of its progress, the company has taken a dig at its PCRF rivals. "Openet's head start in virtualization enables us to demonstrate as reality today what others only have as a roadmap."

Others? That would be a clear dig at Amdocs Ltd. and Tekelec, among others. (See MW13: Amdocs Embraces Virtualization and Oracle Snaps Up Tekelec.)

What this tells us is not so much that Openet has a technical advantage over some of its main rivals (which, in some respects, it may) but that there is clearly a scramble among the main PCRF vendors to be seen to be in the vanguard of NFV developments.

And any telco policy server vendor that isn't plowing R&D and marketing dollars and euros into NFV-related efforts right now is already behind the curve.

— Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading

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5/31/2013 | 11:32:39 AM
re: Policy Is NFV's Pacesetter
Virtualization is indeed critical and we have recently written a white paper with our vision and the road to software-defined networks here: Our sentiments are wrapped up in a recent blog post as well:
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