Altran Collaborates with Wind River to Create End-to-End NFV Platform

Altran | May 29, 2019

SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 29, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Altran, global leader in Engineering and R&D services, today announced it is using Wind River Titanium Cloud to develop an end-to-end network functions virtualization (NFV) solution. By incorporating NFV in the data center and at the network edge, Altran and Wind River can empower telecom operators to lower costs, accelerate service delivery and ensure high availability to exceed customer expectation.Titanium Cloud is a commercial-ready NFV infrastructure software platform that enables service providers to deploy virtualized services faster, at lower cost, and with the high reliability that the industry demands. Through the collaboration, Altran’s VNF Management and Orchestration Platform provides an environment for vendors to deploy virtual network functions (VNFs) running on Wind River infrastructure software. Altran’s programmable VNF Lifecycle Management capabilities can integrate with any VNF, and it also integrates with third-party orchestrators, such as ONAP. Additionally, its policy engine correlates key performance indicators (KPIs) from VNFs and VIMs to perform policy actions across data center and edge locations.

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