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Telstra complete NFV PofC with Titanium Cloud Platform

22nd January 2018
Anna Flockett

Recently completing a proof-of-concept (PoC) program, Telstra worked with the Wind River Titanium Cloud network virtualisation platform. The project showcased interoperability between the Titanium Cloud platform, DellEMC servers and several virtual network functions (VNFs).

Guest blog by Charlie Ashton.

The proof-of-concept was showcased at the Telstra Engineering Symposium held on 2nd November 2017.

Telstra, Australia’s leading telecommunications company, offers a full range of communications services for all telecommunications market segments. In Australia, Telstra provide 17.4 million mobile services, 6.8 million fixed voice services and 3.5 million retail fixed broadband services. They also have an international presence spanning over 20 countries.

Eager to advance their NFV goals like many others in the industry, Telstra is interested in the new business opportunities and operational efficiencies enabled by virtualisation. The opportunities to more rapidly and flexibly deploy new services and optimise resources for greater cost efficiency are especially attractive.

One of the key objectives of the PoC was to show three-layer decoupling (VNF, virtualisation and hardware layers) via the running of several different VNFs and Dell servers on Titanium Cloud with management by an open source MANO platform.

Together with Wind River, Telstra created a test lab that included a simulated network in a data centre environment. DellEMC deployed a management and orchestration (MANO) platform called Cloudify, based on open source and the Topology and Orchestration Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) model.  

Cloudify was used to manage the Titanium Cloud NFVI platform. Four nodes ran on Wind River Titanium Core (for a data centre PoP) and two nodes ran on Wind River Titanium Edge (running a Lean-POP ).

With this successful PoC completed, Wind River look forward to working with Telstra on future collaborations.

Courtesy of Wind River.

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