Titanium cloud virtualisation platform for UNICA initiative selected

22nd January 2019
Lanna Cooper

Wind River announced that Telefónica has completed their validation in their NFV Reference Lab of Wind River Titanium Cloud as a Virtualised Infrastructure Manager (VIM) for NFV workloads, in line with the multi VIM paradigm of their UNICA initiative. Titanium Cloud is an ultrareliable, deployment-ready virtualisation software platform, fully compatible with open standards such the Open Source MANO (OSM) orchestration project.

In recent months, the Telefónica UNICA network virtualisation project has further concentrated efforts to advance edge cloud compute use cases such as virtual RAN (vRAN), Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and 5G applications.

“By working with network innovators such as Telefónica, Wind River can help the industry address evolving market needs and deploy highly reliable cloud compute at the optimum edge locations for a wide range of new applications,” said Michael Krutz, Chief Product Officer at Wind River.

“Wind River Titanium Cloud delivers a flexible and secure cloud-based infrastructure that can be efficiently deployed at any network location from the edge to the core.”

“5G applications will increasingly demand low latency, and computing will often need to happen much closer to the end device. It was important to select an infrastructure platform that was optimised for edge use cases,” said Javier Gavilan, Core Network, Platforms and Transport Director at Telefónica.

“After careful and comprehensive evaluation, Wind River Titanium Cloud stood out for its unique differentiators, such as extreme low latency and high reliability, to effectively meet the technical challenges that accompany Telco cloud compute.”

Telefónica’s communications services and operations span Europe and Latin America, and its UNICA initiatives have begun to deploy in numerous countries in those regions. The UNICA project was initiated in 2015 with the purpose of shifting the way telecommunications networks are designed and installed using virtualisation technologies, and extracting the maximum benefits from Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV), Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud technologies.

Working closely with Wind River, Telefónica conducted a multi-phase evaluation that included comprehensive functional testing of the Titanium Cloud virtualisation platform. Test teams also validated the integration of Titanium Cloud with OSM orchestration to prove interoperability. Additionally, Telefónica is running use case trials, including testing virtual RAN solutions hosted on Titanium Cloud.

The Titanium Cloud portfolio comprises a fully integrated, reliable, and deployment-ready virtualisation platform that enables service providers to deploy virtualised services faster, at lower cost, and with high up-time. Titanium Cloud provides an ideal software infrastructure for the rigorous demands of critical infrastructure applications such as telecommunications networks and industrial control.

Through the Titanium Cloud ecosystem, Wind River collaborates with suppliers of hardware and software products to validate the proper and optimal operation of multi-vendor solutions that address important end-to-end use cases like vRAN and MEC.

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