Dell this week introduced its NFV platform and companion starter kits, aimed at helping to jumpstart carrier trials and adoption.
Dell is making starter kit solutions available for early adopter proof-of-concepts (PoCs) and trials. The starter kits are smaller footprint Dell NFV platform implementations designed to jumpstart development and PoC efforts. Two different starter kit configurations are available now; one based around the new PowerEdge R630 1RU compute nodes the other based around the Dell M1000e blade chassis and the new M630 compute blades.
Both kits also include: Dell Networking S6000 10/40GbE Open Networking platform for feature-rich layer 2 and layer 3 networking, as well as OpenFlow; Dell OpenDaylight-compliant Active Fabric Manager and Dell Active Fabric Controller; Dell Foglight and Dell OpenManage Network Manager; Choice of Linux and OpenStack distributions; and Options for data plane acceleration and/or service chaining.
Dell says its NFV platform uses the latest server, storage, networking and software technologies from Dell, combined with software from open ecosystem partners to form fully-converged, virtualized infrastructure that can execute virtual network functions (VNFs). The platform also includes foundational software and open interfaces for Management and Orchestration (MANO).
Marius Haas, Chief Commercial Officer and President, Dell Enterprise Solutions, commented, “NFV marks a momentous technology shift – and opportunity – for telecommunications providers. In the past, they had to rely on both highly-proprietary and complex arrangements of dedicated appliances for service delivery. Now, in an increasingly disaggregated world, the technology options can be overwhelming.”
He added: “Our goal is to deliver the most open, flexible and practical NFV platform by combining our technology with a strong partner ecosystem to help service providers streamline service creation and delivery.”