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The Proof is in the NFV PoC


The HP approach to network functions virtualization (NFV) is built around completeness, openness, standards, and expertise. One of the benefits of this approach is the ability to enable other players to bring in new innovations, and with the HP OpenNFV Labs, we provide an environment to validate that the pieces work together. To this end, HP has completed six proof-of-concept (PoC) projects and is actively involved in 22 PoCs around the world.


We’ve been involved in software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV since day one, before OpenFlow and before the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) was working on NFV. Back then, we worked with a large telco company on different use cases such as Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) and virtual content delivery networks (vCDN), proving that telco network functions could run on commodity hardware and sustain performance by properly designing and tuning hardware configurations. We also worked on virtualization use cases, such as virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE), including NFV Orchestration more recently.


With another large telco company, the focus started with end-to-end services, combining SDN with NFV, working on service chaining and traffic steering use cases spanning multiple SDN controllers and some virtualized functions. At the time, nobody was talking about service chaining yet, but now it is a popular topic.


28 proof-of-concept projects


Today HP has completed six and is involved in 22 active NFV use cases with major communications service providers (CSPs) covering areas including voice/video, mobile private networks, IP routing and transport, telco cloud, NFV orchestration, transcoding, virtual evolved packet core (vEPC), multiservice proxy (MSP), vCDN, vCPE, and IP multimedia subsystem (IMS). HP proves with these PoCs that we have the broadest range of capabilities from hardware, networking (including SDN), cloud infrastructure, orchestration, and virtual functions. Multivendor and distributed around the globe, these PoCs are in all three regions: Europe, Americas, and Asia.



7 active ETSI approved PoCs


In addition, HP is participating in seven ETSI approved PoCs, including:




HP contribution



Service chaining for NW function selection incarrier networks

NTT Communications,Cisco Systems, andJuniper Networks

VSR (HPN virtual router)

Demonstrated at NTT R&D Forum, Feb. 2014. Next phase in progress.


Virtualized mobile network with integrated DPI

Telefonica, Intel, Tieto, Qosmos, and Wind River Systems

HP hardware in Phase I. For Phase II, HP and Wind River are contributing carrier grade NFV software platform.

Phase I completed. Demonstrated at Mobile World Congress, Feb. 2014. Next phase in progress.


SteerFlow: Multi-layered traffic steering for Gi-LAN

Telefonica, Radware, and Mellanox

HP hardware

Demonstrated at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Oct. 2014. Next phase in progress.


Subscriber aware SGi/Gi-LAN virtualization

Telenor Group, ConteXtream, Skyfire Networks, Guavus, and Red Hat

HP hardware

Demonstrated at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Oct. 2014. Next phase in progress.


Demonstration of high reliability and availability aspects in a multivendor NFV environment

AT&T, KDDI R&D Laboratories, Brocade, and Wind River Systems

HP hardware

Demonstrated at Intel Developers’ Forum, Sept. 2014.


E2E orchestration of virtualized LTE core-network functions and SDN-based dynamic service chainingof VNFs using VNF FG

SK Telco, Samsung, and Telcoware

HP NFV Director

Demonstrated at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, Oct. 2014.

PoC #27

VoLTE service based on vEPC and vIMS architecture

ZTE Corporation and China Unicom

HP NFV Director

To be demonstrated at China Unicom R&D Lab, Jan. 2015.


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