ZTE Corporation says that two company experts on network functions virtualisation (NFV) have been appointed to key positions at Open Platform NFV (OPNFV) to help guide the development of the technology globally.
Dick Chen, Principal Architect of SDN/NFV at ZTE, will join OPNFV’s board of directors, while Jun Zhang, Radio Network Architect at ZTE, will join OPNFV’s Technical Steering Committee. OPNFV is an open source project focused on accelerating the evolution of NFV, and is committed to establishing a carrier-grade, integrated, open source reference platform that industry peers will build together to advance the evolution of NFV.
“The advent of SDN and NFV has brought about the biggest shift in networking in the past 20 years,” said Margaret Chiosi, President of OPNFV. “To make the technologies successful, we need to collaborate to build a common foundation for the future of networks. We look forward to seeing ZTE take an active role in helping to make OPNFV and open source NFV successful.”
In 2013, ZTE launched its comprehensive end-to-end ElasticNet solution for SDN/NFV deployments in carrier-grade network infrastructure, cloud data centers and Enterprise networks. ElasticNet is based on the ideas of centralised control, function virtualisation and network automation. As a platinum member of OPNFV, ZTE will work with other members to define the future direction of telecommunications, making the ElasticNet solution more optimised and open.
“The market is embracing SDN and NFV, which opens doors for many opportunities for the industry to innovate and provide new services much faster,” said Zhao Xianming, Chief Technology Officer at ZTE. “Industry-wide collaboration on an open NFV platform will allow us to address critical concerns upfront and build a common reference platform. This will establish an open ecosystem for NFV solutions based on open standards and open source software.”