VIRTUAL SERVER MANAGEMENT

Swisscom Selects Ekinops to Access Network Virtualization Software

Ekinops | November 09, 2020

Swisscom Selects Ekinops to Access Network Virtualization Software
EKINOPS (Euronext Paris: EKI) (ISIN: FR0011466069), a network access and virtualization specialist, today announces that Swisscom (Bern/CH), a leading ICT company in Switzerland, has selected Ekinops to deliver a new virtualized network solution on uCPE (universal Customer Premises Equipment). The Ekinops innovative solution, part of its Compose software portfolio, will make Swisscom the first in Switzerland to offer an agile branch connectivity solution to enterprise customers, based on virtualization technology, without disrupting existing services. The solution is comprised of the Ekinops fully open NFVi (Network Function Virtualization infrastructure), OneOS6-LIM middleware (Operating System and Local Infrastructure Manager), allowing access to an extensive catalog of certified VNFs (Virtualized Network Functions). This gives Swisscom the flexibility to select any white-box CPE hardware and choose from a range of third-party and Ekinops VNFs, as well as freeing them from vendor lock-in and simplifying supplier management.

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VMware | October 28, 2021

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Scale Computing | October 20, 2020

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Lanner Electronics Inc. | December 08, 2021

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