NetCracker Pitches NFV Migration Story

NetCracker's latest software release is aimed at network operators planning to migrate step by step to a fully virtualized environment.

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

May 15, 2015

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NetCracker Pitches NFV Migration Story

NEC-owned NetCracker has taken its latest step towards positioning itself as a key NFV partner for network operators by boosting its orchestration (MANO) capabilities and integrating a set of virtual network functions (VNFs) in its Release 10 product suite. (See NetCracker Releases NFV Migration Platform.)

Netcracker Technology Corp. is positioning release 10 as a way for operators to transition from their existing physical infrastructure, to a hybrid platform and then to fully virtualized networks and IT with the help of a single vendor and from a single interface. (See NetCracker Intros SDN/NFV Service & Network Orchestrator.)

According to Sanjay Mewada, NetCracker's VP of strategy, the platform embeds an orchestration layer -- what he calls the "service layer of the future" -- with NetCracker's OSS, so that it can manage both the virtualized network and legacy infrastructure in the "hybrid" phase as operators work their way to full virtualization. Analytics and biometrics are also applied across the board. (See OSS Is Key to SDN, NFV Strategies and How Virtualization Transforms Network Needs.)

"Release 10 offers a single unified platform that helps service providers move towards virtualization with very low risk in the transition from physical to hybrid to virtualization," Mewada says, adding that it ensures operators don't have to buy best-of-breed from other vendors, creating silos.

Of course, this approach also locks operators into NetCracker as a supplier, but Mewada ensures the platform will interoperate with other orchestration vendors. (See Telefónica: SDN Vendors Need to Interoperate .)

Want to know more about SDN and NFV? These will be just a few of the many topics covered at Light Reading's second Big Telecom Event on June 9-10 in Chicago. Get yourself registered today or get left behind!

The most important update on release 10 is the addition of new VNFs from NetCracker and its parent company, NEC USA Inc. . In the company's official announcement it states: "New to NetCracker 10 is a proven, field-deployable suite of virtual network functions, management and infrastructure solutions combining leading innovation from NetCracker and its parent company, NEC." Currently, though, NetCracker seems unable to specify exactly which virtual network functions (VNFs) are included.

Various piece parts of NetCracker 10 are commercially available now, with the complete set of capabilities and functions set to be available during the third quarter of this year.

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Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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