Artesyn unveils OCP platform for NFV


Artesyn Embedded Technologies announced its first high performance integrated computing system inspired by Open Compute Project (OCP) standards.

The Centellis® OCP Platform is designed to help communication service providers dramatically lower the capital and operating expense associated with running their networks by leveraging open standard and open source hardware and software, and taking advantage of virtualization and cloud technologies. This new Centellis OCP Platform is a rack solution that integrates servers, storage and top-of-rack switches, and offers improvements in density, availability, flexibility, scalability, serviceability, manageability, and ease of deployment versus traditional rack servers.

The Centellis OCP Platform is designed for the development and deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) applications orchestrated by software-defined networking (SDN). It is compatible with Artesyn’s Centellis® Virtualization Platform, which is based on a field-proven software framework for NFV. This gives service providers a common application deployment software platform, which is independent of the hardware architecture and can support the scaling of virtual network functions (VNFs) from the edge to the core of carrier networks.

“Our research shows that communications service providers have concerns about whether OCP and other commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies will meet the needs of their networks,” said Doug Sandy, chief technology officer, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. “Therefore, Artesyn is collaborating with customers and contributing to industry bodies such as the Open Compute Project (OCP) and European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) to apply our many years of experience in building solutions for the telecom infrastructure to the emerging demand for OCP technologies in carrier networks. The new Artesyn Centellis OCP Platform offers a path to a class of OCP solutions that are optimized to network equipment requirements.”

Artesyn has published an eBook, The Guide to OCP for Smart Carriers, which explores how OCP technologies offer great promise for service providers and considers the challenges in making these technologies viable for carrier networks.