World Wide Technology
(WWT), a leading integrator that provides innovative technology and supply chain solutions to large public and private organizations, is collaborating with Cisco, Intel and Red Hat to launch a new facility for validating full stack Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solutions.
Each of these technology industry leaders are contributing advanced cloud, networking and DevOps technologies to WWT's existing Advanced Technology Center (ATC), creating a facility where service providers can reduce the time, cost and risk associated with validating NFV solutions.
Based on past use cases, the ATC is expected to validate NFV solutions four times faster - from 6-12 months to 90 days - reducing overall costs by 30 percent.*
Behind the agility of NFV is complex technology requiring interoperability expertise in infrastructure, orchestration, applications, virtualization, and automation. Connecting all these elements can slow the time it takes to create effective NFV solutions.
With the NFV-enabled ATC, WWT has streamlined the validation process. The latest industry tools for qualifying, testing and running a complete NFV solution now sit under one roof for customers to use. After validation, a customer's design can be directly transferred to one of WWT's many supply chain facilities for immediate implementation.
Additionally, through the ATC, WWT is a leader in on-demand Lab as-a-Service (LaaS) which enables any business, regardless of location, to remotely and more securely tap into WWT's technology ecosystem for full-scale automated testing, demos, training and sandboxing of NFV.
Bob Olwig, vice president of Business Development and Innovation at WWT said: "WWT has created the definitive model of excellence for testing and validating NFV solutions. Our Advanced Technology Center represents a true shift in the industry that can affect enterprise networks and end users; more revenue-generating NFV solutions can hit the market which in turn can advance the on-demand services being delivered to consumers."
Charles Stucki, vice president and general manager, NFV Business Unit, Service Provider Business, Cisco, said: "WWT's innovative facility demonstrates our joint commitment to enabling our customers to capture the benefits of the NFV evolution . We are focused on driving solutions on an open network architecture and enabling interoperability among vendors. Working together with our peers and partners, Cisco aims to help our service provider customers determine and test the best NFV technology architectures and choices that best achieve their goals."
Lynn Comp, senior director, Communications Service Provider Business Acceleration, Network Platforms Group, Intel, said: "The flood of new devices, applications, and data is putting tremendous demands on today's networks. Transforming communications infrastructure with NFV gives service providers the opportunity to build agile, elastic networks that will allow them to meet these growing demands. It is exciting to see WWT take on this challenge and be part of the NFV facility in their Advanced Technology Center to accelerate our shared industry vision of network transformation."
Darrell Jordan-Smith, vice president of Global Telecommunications and ICT at Red Hat said: "Communications Service Providers (CSPs) are adopting open source-based NFV solutions for its promises of improved scalability, lower costs and greater flexibility. Red Hat has been at the forefront of this transformation, and we are pleased to bring our experience in DevOps, virtualization, and more to WWT's Advanced Technology Center to help CSPs achieve a more modern, agile approach through NFV."