Open source specialist Red Hat today announced it has entered into a global partnership with Chinese ICT solutions provider Huawei, to collaborate on OpenStack-based cloud deployments.
Expanding a pre-existing relationship, Huawei and Red Hat hope to accelerate collaboration around OpenStack for network functions virtualisation (NFV) required by communication service providers (CSPs).
Red Hat cited a 2014 global survey of service providers on SDN and NFV strategies, conducted by Infonetics Research. The findings said 93% of telecommunications operators plan to deploy NFV as part of network modernisation projects.
"As OpenStack establishes itself as the platform of choice for NFV workloads, Huawei and Red Hat are engaging in a global partnership to co-operatively engineer carrier-grade cloud solutions for CSPs," Red Hat said in a statement.
The joint operations will combine Huawei's telecoms background with Red Hat's OpenStack offerings to "help CSPs embrace cloud computing with a carrier-grade OpenStack solution", according to Red Hat.
Huawei and Red Hat plan to integrate Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform and Huawei's FusionSphere Cloud OS at the management layer to offer a unified cloud solution for NFV.
"Huawei offers its customers a true carrier-grade OpenStack solution, and we are honoured to expand our existing partnership with Red Hat to include collaboration on OpenStack for network functions virtualisation," said Ren Zhipeng, president, Cloud Computing Product Line, Huawei.
"Through open collaboration with partners like Red Hat, Huawei aims to support the business reform and transformation of the telecom industry. This partnership will focus on NFV and the development of joint solutions to foster an open, interconnected, and innovative ecosystem that supports the entire OpenStack community."
"Carriers and telecommunications service providers are under pressure to modernise their network infrastructure to meet demands created by new service offerings and the explosive volume of data crossing the network," added Tim Yeaton, senior vice president, Infrastructure Business, Red Hat.
"As a result, many are exploring the benefits OpenStack-based clouds can bring to NFV projects. By combining Huawei's leadership in the telecommunications industry with Red Hat's leadership in OpenStack and, more broadly, enterprise open source, we are well positioned to deliver cloud solutions that enable carriers to meet their network modernisation challenges."