ACTON, Mass., Oct. 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Affirmed Networks, the leader in the virtualization of mobile networks, today announced a pre-integrated solution that is comprised of the Affirmed Mobile Content Cloud™, a virtualized end-to-end mobile packet core and value added services offering, and Hewlett Packard Enterprise's (HPE) NFVI portfolio. The joint solution enables operators to accelerate their transformation initiatives to the "Telco Cloud"; an approach that leverages next-generation technologies, such as Network Function Virtualization (NFV), to reduce capital and operational costs while fueling opportunities for revenue growth.
Communications Service Providers (CSPs) face a number of challenges including exploding network traffic, declining profit margins, over-the-top (OTT) competition and soaring consumer expectations. Affirmed Networks and HPE understand these challenges, and are focused on helping CSPs accelerate the journey from legacy networks, built on monolithic, proprietary network elements, to more agile cloud-based networks enabled by NFV. Together with this offering, Affirmed Networks and HPE are now providing CSPs with an end-to-end, high performance, fully ETSI NFV and 3GPP compliant vEPC and Carrier Grade NFVI (Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure) solution. This ensures successful and rapid next-gen network deployments, which enable CSPs to experience the transformational benefits of NFV as quickly as possible. This solution also provides operators with critical value-added service capabilities such as traffic optimization, content management and security services that allow them to deploy new services quickly and efficiently.
The solution includes Affirmed Networks Mobile Content Cloud and HPE's NFVI portfolio including carrier grade OpenStack, and end-to-end orchestration capabilities.
CSPs that choose Affirmed Networks and HPE, both of whom are industry leading partners, achieve:
- Faster Time-to-Market: By leveraging the benefits of Affirmed Networks' automated configuration management capabilities, embedded virtual probes and a "5G-ready" core that decouples user and control planes and moves services and applications closer to the network edge, CSPs are able to deliver new compelling service offerings to their subscribers with carrier-grade performance, reliability and manageability.
- Reduced Deployment Times: Selection of pre-integrated and tested end-to-end solutions allows CSPs to exceed their NFV deployment objectives.
- High Performance: Affirmed Networks has become the choice of operators worldwide due to its high performance Mobile Content Cloud solution. This combined solution, is designed to deliver the carrier-grade performance, availability, and manageability that operators demand.
"The virtualization of mobile networks is well underway as operators globally have embraced the many benefits of NFV," said Amit Tiwari, vice president strategic alliances and systems engineering, Affirmed Networks. "As is the case when moving to any new network architecture, there continue to be valuable lessons that are learned throughout the deployment process. Our work and partnership with HPE is focused on undertaking a rigorous pre-deployment testing and integration process that will accelerate deployments so that operators can experience NFV's transformational benefits sooner than anticipated."
The success of Affirmed Networks and HPE is due to the strength of the combined technology and a focus on delivering pre-integrated and tested solutions prior to deployment. By providing "right-sized" bundles of tested and pre-integrated hardware and software, CSPs are able to deploy NFV in a focused manner in support of specific solutions - such as consumer, IoT, and MVNO services -- and scale accordingly as demand grows. This allows CSPs to accelerate the design-to-deployment cycle while significantly lowering risk of deployment delays. The result is the deployment of carrier-grade Mobile Packet Core and NFV infrastructure that has been optimized for a given solution.
"Our goal is to continue making the transition to the 'Telco Cloud' easier for CSPs by providing them validated and pre-integrated NFV solutions that break down the barriers imposed by legacy infrastructures," said Werner Schaefer, vice president & general manager, NFV, HPE. "Our work with Affirmed Networks is proof that our partner ecosystem continues to produce these specific end-to-end solutions deployable in production networks, enabling new services to be brought to market faster."
The combined NFV solution from Affirmed Networks and HPE is based on CSP-defined ETSI standards and built on NFVI open-source architecture that helps minimize capital and operating expenditures.
About Affirmed Networks, Inc.
Affirmed Networks has achieved significant attention as its Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) solution has become the standard for the world's top mobile operators. Currently, the company has been deployed commercially, including in Tier 1 and Tier 2 mobile networks, and is engaged in many trials worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.affirmednetworks.com.
SOURCE Affirmed Networks