Cloudify Selected by Proximus to Support NFV Adoption
NEW YORK, Oct. 10, 2017 -- Belgium’s largest telecommunication company has chosen Cloudify’s cloud-native orchestration platform in its adoption of network functions virtualization (NFV). Proximus, the leading provider of telephony, internet, television and network-based ICT services in Belgium, selected Cloudify as a part of a multi-vendor team tasked with helping the company implement a next-generation, virtualized cloud network.
The goal of the Proximus NFV adoption initiative is to transform the company’s traditional hardware-centric networks into virtualized, cloud-native, software-driven domains that are simpler to operate and cost less to maintain. With these more agile and efficient networks, Proximus will be able to react rapidly to market trends, deploy new services, enhance network security, and quickly scale services to meet customers’ changing needs.
Cloudify brings to the project its open source cloud management and network orchestration software, which is used by large telecoms and Tier 1 network operators for cloud automation and NFV. Cloudify software features a robust set of features, NFV-specific plugins and blueprints to model virtualized network functions (VNFs) and service function chaining (SFC) based on the telecom-friendly TOSCA standard. As the only open source NFV MANO leveraging TOSCA’s native multi-VIM interoperability capabilities, Cloudify has built-in support and blueprints for OpenStack as well as the entire VMware stack, including vCloud Director, VMware Integrated OpenStack and vSphere. It also enables extensibility of hybrid stacks, workloads and microservices, as well as bursting to public clouds for disaster recovery applications.
Proximus’s NFV adoption project, which began last year, is currently in the design, VNF onboarding and acceptance-testing phase. Others contributing to the project include Cisco, F5, HPE, Palo Alto Networks, Red Hat, Spirent and Tech Mahindra. Proximus aims to begin delivery of virtualized production services to customers in 2018.
Cloudify Supporting the Linux Foundation’s ONAP Project
NFV is a major undertaking—technically and operationally. Uniting more than 50 members, including major service providers like AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, Orange, Vodafone, and Veon, the ONAP project is developing an end-to-end, closed-loop automation of network services to allow end users to design, orchestrate, automate and manage services within any environment. The result of the February 2017 merger of open source ECOMP and Open Orchestrator (OPEN-O) projects, ONAP represents a major step toward industry convergence around a common operating framework. For this reason, Cloudify is a founding platinum member of ONAP, which is addressing the challenges of broad NFV adoption via industry-wide collaboration on standards-based solutions. Cloudify also participates in several other open initiatives, including OpenStack, the Linux Foundation, ETSI, OASIS TOSCA and the Apache Software Foundation.
Cloudify specializes in IT operations automation technology that manages application and network services through open orchestration. The company’s Cloudify software enhances the velocity and reliability of software deployment, lifecycle management and network functions in cloud-native environments. Built and maintained by an open source community, Cloudify is used by telecoms, internet service providers, financial services firms, e-commerce companies and others for NFV operations and cloud management & orchestration.