Wind River, a specialist in software for intelligent connected systems, has launched its Titanium Cloud ecosystem program for Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server. Through this program Wind River, working with its partners, will be able to ensure the availability of optimised, interoperable hardware and software solutions that accelerate time-to-market for service providers and telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) deploying infrastructure based on network functions virtualization (NFV).
Currently, five industry leaders in NFV announced their participation in the program: Brocade, GENBAND, Metaswitch Networks, Nakina Systems, and Overture; with additional partners to follow.
Like its Titanium namesake, the Wind River ecosystem will supply solutions based on the Carrier Grade Communications Server platform. Working closely with Wind River telecommunications experts, Titanium Cloud partners will be abe to optimise their standard products, available now, to fully utilize the features of the Wind River platform.
Carrier Grade Communications Server is an integrated portfolio of software elements that enables NFV infrastructure to achieve the carrier grade reliability required for telecom networks. Legacy networks deliver six-nines (99.9999%) reliability, or no more than 30 seconds downtime per year. Platforms based on enterprise-class software designed for IT applications, however, typically achieve only three-nines (99.9%), or almost nine hours of downtime per year, which could result in excessive costs and revenue loss.
Carrier Grade Communications Server is currently the only commercial NFV server solution that enables service providers to maintain six-nines reliability as they transition to virtualized infrastructure, allowing them to meet “always on” expectations. In addition, by accelerating the performance of virtual network functions (VNFs) and providing features that simplify the instantiation, management, and maintenance of VNFs, Carrier Grade Communications Server enables customers to minimise both capital expenses (CAPEX) and operating expenses (OPEX) as they progressively deploy NFV in their networks.
Through its new Titanium Cloud ecosystem program, Wind River works with leading hardware and software companies to develop an ecosystem of interoperable standard products optimised for deployment with Carrier Grade Communications Server. As a result service providers and TEMs will be able to select these products knowing that they have been pre-integrated, validated with Carrier Grade Communications Server, and are therefore available for deployment in live networks, providing proven solutions that can span multiple layers within the overall NFV architecture and reduce both time-to-market and schedule risk for companies deploying end-to-end infrastructure.
Beyond telecom networks, the program also brings the benefit of high-reliability infrastructure to mission-critical Internet of Things (IoT) applications across markets such as healthcare, industrial, and automotive.