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OpenStack, Preferred Platform for NFV, Everywhere at Mobile World Congress


Today the OpenStack Foundation announced considerable momentum for going mobile with OpenStack as evidenced by the groundswell of users and ecosystem members participating in Mobile World Congress (MWC), February 27 - March 2, in Barcelona, Spain.

The large number of Communication Service Providers (CSPs), financial services, retail and automotive users of OpenStack speaking and exhibiting at MWC validate the recent survey results by Heavy Reading, which shows that 86 percent telecom respondents consider OpenStack essential or important to their success, and 99 percent are using, testing or considering OpenStack for their network functions virtualization (NFV) deployments. IoT and 5G round out the most popular telecom use cases for OpenStack.

CSPs are one of the fastest growth sectors for OpenStack deployments. Global communication companies are choosing OpenStack for virtualized networks services for its programmable infrastructure, which offers flexibility, scalability and resiliency as well as cost savings, both on installation and management. Telecoms, open source projects and vendors alike are taking advantage of OpenStack's capability to run containers, bare metal and virtual machines on a common infrastructure and set of open APIs. Leading-edge CSPs are containerizing control planes, and VNF providers are using cloud-native technologies to deliver their functions in containers or virtual machines.

OpenStack's Ildikó Váncsa, ecosystem technical lead, is presenting in the MWC Discussion Zone in the HPE booth, Hall 4, stand 4B30 on Wednesday, March 1, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. The topic is "The New Open Source-Based 5G Network: How Telcos will Reinvent Network Management."

During the presentation, OPNFV, HPE, and Telefónica representatives will join Váncsa on a panel to discuss real-world deployments of open source and how open source networking components fit together in the march towards 5G. The panel will explore how service providers can leverage open source software-including leading open source projects such as OpenStack and OPNFV-to transform the network.

Among the organizations with active OpenStack deployments which are participating in MWC are the following:

  • American Express
  • AT&T*
  • Barclays
  • Bloomberg
  • BMW Group
  • BT
  • China Mobile
  • Cisco
  • DellEMC
  • Deutsche Telekom
  • Fujitsu
  • Huawei*
  • Juniper Networks
  • NEC*
  • Nokia*
  • Orange*
  • PayPal
  • Red Hat
  • SK Telecom
  • Softbank*
  • Sony Mobile Communications
  • Tapjoy
  • Telefónica SA*
  • Verizon
  • VMware*

(* indicates keynote presenters)

Several OpenStack users are nominated for the 22nd GSMA Global Mobile Awards, including AT&T, China Mobile, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and SK Telecom.

The OpenStack ecosystem is announcing several new products and services at MWC. Exhibitors include:

  • Accenture
  • Award Solutions
  • Canonical
  • Juniper Networks
  • Kontron
  • Lenovo
  • NEC
  • Netronome and Mirantis
  • Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT)
  • SkyAtlas
  • ZTE

***For more information about OpenStack ecosystem members, their exhibit booth numbers, and the activities they have planned for MWC, click here.***

Published Thursday, February 23, 2017 9:19 AM by David Marshall
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