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Telefónica, Red Hat, Cyan Boost NFV Performance

Telefónica, Red Hat, and Cyan are collaborating on orchestration software designed to maximize performance on networks that use Network Functions Virtualization.

NFV replaces dedicated appliances with virtual machines for network applications such as load balancing and firewalls. The new orchestration software will allow a network operator to deploy virtual machines in specific locations on the network -- a specific datacenter, or rack within a datacenter, or a specific blade on a rack, according to a joint announcement by Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF), Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT), and Cyan Inc. today.

"Deterministic" is the word the companies use to describe the ability to place virtualized network functions precisely on the network, as opposed to just tossing the VNFs into the cloud and letting the cloud stack determine where the VNFs should run.

"Deterministic placement is about leveraging technology to do very specific placements so you can extract the optimum performance leveraging the optimum infrastructure," says Nirav Modi, director of software innovation at Cyan.

Red Hat plans to incorporate the orchestration software into the open source OpenStack cloud stack, as well as including it in Red Hat's own software and services, says Radhesh Balakrishnan, general manager, virtualization and OpenStack at Red Hat.

Cyan plans to incorporate the software into its own Blue Planet orchestrator. Cyan is still trying to figure out whether and how to open source the orchestration component; the industry doesn't have an open source NFV implementaiton to support the software, says Modi.

Telefonica is driving the development effort, in conjunction with Cyan and Red Hat, says Modi. I talked with Cyan and Red Hat, but I couldn't get a hold of Telefonica. I'm working on that.

— Mitch Wagner, Circle me on Google+ Follow me on TwitterVisit my LinkedIn profileFollow me on Facebook, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading. Got a tip about SDN or NFV? Send it to [email protected]

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