Eco-friendly 'Network Virtualisation' saves money

Adastral ParkBT – working with HP, Intel, Tail-f Systems, Verivue and Wind River – has carried out research that would overtime replace bespoke hardware-based network appliances with software running on industry standard servers. Termed ‘Network Virtualisation’ BT’s research shows using industry standard servers has the potential to reduce the total cost of ownership by a third to a half, reduce power consumption by more than 50% and facilitate the creation of an entirely new open ecosystem to develop software based network functions and services at the service edge.

“Network Virtualisation is an exciting new opportunity to use the latest IT Virtualisation technologies to develop and deliver network services, faster and more efficiently.” said Tim Whitley, BT’s Managing Director for Research and Technology. “This joint research initiative will accelerate innovation and encourage development of an open ecosystem of software vendors to create new products in the network space.”

“Our Network Virtualisation initiative with BT and Intel aims to drive a significant shift from traditional Service Provider purpose built appliances to the IT cost model. We are leveraging our deep technology experience in the datacentre in compute Virtualisation to bring new economics, scale and flexibility to the network.” Chuck Smith, Vice President WW ISS Blades and Cloud, HP said. “HP leads in the adoption of Industry Standard Servers and Virtualisation in the telecommunications industry, and the Network Virtualisation initiative is a natural next step for HP and its partner BT.”

“Carriers must continue to innovate in order to keep pace with the exponential increase in traffic on the network,” said Rose Schooler, General Manager of the Communications Infrastructure Division at Intel Corporation. “Intel is working with the industry to enable a new approach to architecting future networks that takes advantage of the scale, flexibility and performance of Intel computing technologies to reduce costs, increase efficiencies and unleash innovation in the network.”

Continued research on Network Virtualisation will take place at BT’s labs at Adastral Park in the UK as well as at Intel and HP labs where the companies look to nurture a growing ecosystem of vendors to provide virtualised, software-based network functions for deployment on industry standard servers and systems.