To better serve telecom operators, Altran announced on Wednesday that it's using Wind River's Titanium Cloud to build an end-to-end NFV platform.
The partnership is pairing Altran's programmable VNF Lifecycle Management capabilities with Titanium Cloud to deploy VNFs on Wind River's infrastructure software.
Altran says its VNF Lifecycle Management solution integrates with third-party orchestrators, including ONAP. It also has a policy engine that correlates key performance indicators (KPIs) from VNFs and VIMs (virtual infrastructure managers) to invoke policy decisions across data centers and edge locations.
“By validating and pre-integrating their offerings with Titanium Cloud, our ecosystem partners can deliver optimized solutions that are ready for deployment in live networks,” said Wind River's Paul Miller, vice president for telecommunications. “Service providers and equipment vendors can use this platform to easily deploy and manage virtualized workloads. Altran's MANO solution, combined with Titanium Cloud, provides flexible plugins to work in multi-vendor environments and programmable interfaces to work with VNFs across technology domains.”
On-boarding virtual network functions (VNFs) from different vendors has been a pain point for service providers' NFV deployments, but there are numerous market, standards bodies and open source solutions in place that are attempting to solve the VNF issues.
At this year's Open Networking Summit, ONS, the Linux Foundation announced a new compliance and testing program for VNFs to make it easier to deploy network functions virtualization (NFV.)
The VNF testing and compliance program is a key component of the Common NFVi Telco Task Force, which is comprised of AT&T, Bell Canada, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Jio, Orange, SK Telecom, Telstra, Verizon and Vodafone. The companies in the task force are working towards simplifying and reducing the number of network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) platforms that are currently in the marketplace.