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NFV (Network functions virtualization)

AlcaLu, Fujitsu, NTT Team on New Server R&D

PARIS -- This project aims to realize a server architecture which maximizes the common part of various functionalities of communication networks with reliability, scalability and maintainability which are cultivated by telecom carriers and partners. Using this architecture, service providers can develop their services efficiently by focusing only on their logic. In this server architecture, all network functionalities are realized on network-wide virtualized hardware in order to prevent the variety of devices from spreading.

NTT has set up an alliance with Alcatel-Lucent Japan and Fujitsu to collaborate on server technology to establish new technology, advance its level of sophistication, and enable early feasibility checking of the technology. Alcatel-Lucent Japan is one of the leading firms developing virtualization and orchestration technologies for network server systems, and Fujitsu has extensive experience in systematization of distributed computing and maintaining large-scale server systems.

The primary roles of three participating companies are as follows:

  • NTT to provide the telecom carrier requirements and the core technology for distributed computing with scale-out and redundant architecture.
  • Alcatel-Lucent Japan to provide the system requirements based on the global market and to provide the technologies for server virtualization and orchestration that meet the operation and maintenance requirements of telecom carriers.
  • Fujitsu to provide the systematization of distributed computing and to provide maintenance and operation technology of scale-out communication control server.

    Plans and prospects for the future
    This collaborative study between the three companies started today, with the goal of creating advanced technology, increasing its level of sophistication, and achieving early feasibility checking. The project aims to establish new server architecture that will enable the three partners to develop service applications at an early stage. In addition, this collaboration aims to expand and apply the resulting technology to support other fields that require reliability, scalability, and maintainability including financial or medical fields, as well as in the communication network field in the future. The desire of the involved companies is to see this technology spread and become a global standard.

    Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU)

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