China Mobile, ARM, Cavium and Enea to co-operate on NFV

May 04, 2017 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
China Mobile, ARM, Cavium and Enea® have announced an agreement on collaboration in the China Mobile Open NFV Testlab. The collaboration will use Enea's OPNFV-based commercial, Enea® NFV Core platform, and Cavium's ARM®-based ThunderX® workload-optimized datacenter server processors.

The Open NFV Testlab will host the platform as part of China Mobile's Telecom Integrated Cloud (TIC). The work will include validation of a variety of NFV tests cases – vCPE, vBRAS, vEPC, vIMS – while supporting Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP) project development and integration.

"ARM and its ecosystem of partners have been committed to enabling OPNFV to bring efficient and cost-effective compute power for the world's data networks," said Noel Hurley, Vice President and General Manager, Networking and Servers, Business Segments Group, ARM. "The network pipeline must be expanded, at scale, to support new computing across all markets, in the most efficient way possible. Our ecosystem delivers this efficiency through well-integrated solutions that demonstrate the performance-per-watt, density, and TCO advantages provided by ARM technology."

Raj Singh Vice President & General Manager of the Network and Communication Group at Cavium contends that the agreement with China Mobile will enable key NFV functionality and drive NFV towards large scale industry deployment with diversified and interoperable eco-systems.

"Telco applications with various compute, I/O, and real time processing requirements demand highly scalable and optimized processing solutions," said Raj Singh. "The use of advanced COTS hardware such as Cavium's ThunderX workload optimized datacenter server processors allows us to provide highly scalable NFV solutions utilizing standard software platforms and eco-systems for meeting these requirements."

According to Karl Mörner, SVP Product Management, Enea, the OPNFV based Enea NFV Core platform is the first NFV platform that is hardened and optimized for ARM servers out of the box. Enea NFV Core is based on the latest OPNFV release, purpose built for telecom use cases and highly integrated, including telecom driven optimizations and enhancements.


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