Monday, March 9, 2015

Altiostar and Wind River Collaborate on NFV C-RAN

At last week's Mobile World Congress, Altiostar and Wind River announced a highly scalable Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) cloud radio access network (C-RAN) solution that can be deployed using readily available standard Ethernet transport.

The Altiostar solution utilizes the NFV-enabling Wind River Titanium Server software platform for its software-intensive intelligent eNodeB. It runs on the Intel Xeon processor, which gives it the high performance needed for hyperscale workloads while minimizing the footprint.
Wind River Titanium Server is a carrier grade NFV infrastructure software solution that uses Wind River Linux, real-time Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM), carrier grade plugins for OpenStack, Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), and accelerated vSwitch technologies, and is optimized for Intel architecture.

"Current C-RAN architecture requires expensive and hard-to-deploy dark fiber or WDM in the last mile to carry CPRI frames. Additionally, exploding data consumption is creating tremendous network capacity shortfall. Carriers are eager to find disruptive solutions to address these challenges," said Ashraf M. Dahod, president and CEO of Altiostar.

"The Altiostar solution uses standard Ethernet-based fronthaul to build the cloud RAN. By working with industry leaders like Wind River and using Intel technology, we were able to get to market faster with an NFV C-RAN solution that enables the rapid introduction of new services and capacity, while driving down the total cost of ownership."

"In order for the telecom industry to successfully achieve NFV, the delivery of virtualized services at carrier grade levels of performance and reliability is absolutely critical," said Paul Senyshyn, vice president and general manager of networking solutions at Wind River. "Wind River Titanium Server delivers an NFV infrastructure that gives Altiostar's solution the carrier grade virtualization required to allow service providers to easily and quickly achieve goals such as reducing costs while introducing new high-value services through NFV."