Red Hat: “OpenStack has become the lingua franca for infrastructure NFV”
During the celebration of the last edition of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, NetMediaEurope has had the opportunity to speak once again, with Radhesh Balakrishnan, General Manager-OpenStack Red Hat. This time has been our editorial director, Pablo Fernandez, who has interviewed him. With him he has spoken on various topics such as the importance of open architectures in the IT industry, the evolution of NFV (stands for Network Function Virtualization or Virtualization network functions) and OpenStack company strategy red hat.
Radhesh Balakrishnan said that “100% of telecommunications companies today rely on Red Hat technology in one way or another.” This has led them to show at Mobile World Congress 2016 solutions on virtualization of network functions, that what they do is transform “essentially how the platforms are adopted in the operator for telecommunications companies” says the manager. This is in addition to technologies for the adoption of another phenomenon that is also in vogue as the Internet of Things and its wide network of connected devices.
Product strategy Red Hat focuses on “how to get back OpenStack carrier-grade,” says Balakrishnan. Therefore, at market level, “we are aligned with some of the leading vendors in this space,” as Intel, Cisco, Alcatel and Nokia, lists the manager. “All major providers currently involved in testing are involved with us directly or through one of these partners, so it is an exciting time with the maturity of the product and the technology that is being introduced space,” says the representative of Red Hat, which boasts that “by the end of this year NFV deployments based on OpenStack infrastructure worldwide will begin.”
In this sense, Radhesh Balakrishnan noted that “OpenStack has become the lingua franca for NFV infrastructure” thanks to the launch of “multiple tests” during “the last 18 months, especially.” What it remains to be seen “how we more features and capabilities to OpenStack to be really become carrier-grade” stresses the General Manager-OpenStack Red Hat, “rather than creating a separate product for vertical Telco”. Thus, the proposal could become “the standard throughout the operator, as well as the IT side.”
In assessing open architectures, Balakrishnan recalls that “in the past, the restriction involved the ability to grow where there is a need and where there is demand. And that is especially true in cases where the vertical Telco proprietary hardware and proprietary software used to be the approach adopted. Now the limiting factor is that you are not able to grow effectively, as your needs increase, because the cost also scale ”. This leads to “Telco companies around the world” to seek “ways to reduce the cost, to break the blockade that comes with proprietary technology and, more importantly, get to an agile infrastructure. All this leads to something simple ”, summarizes our interviewee:“ open source and innovation-driven open source ”.