Kontron and GENBAND to Showcase Streamlined VNF Media Processing Solution on Turnkey OpenStack Platform

Kontron and GENBAND to Showcase Streamlined VNF Media Processing Solution on Turnkey OpenStack Platform

Montreal, Canada, September 12, 2017 – Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, and GENBAND, a leading provider of real time communications software solutions, today announced that they will be showcasing a highly opex-friendly media (audio and video) network functions virtualization infrastructure (NFVi) reference solution.

A live demonstration will be held at GENBAND’s Perspectives17 Annual Customer and Partner Summit in Los Angeles, July 16 – 20, 2017.

The two companies collaborated to highlight the GENBAND Advanced Media Software (AMS) virtualized network function (VNF) as an example high performance NFV application with the recently released Kontron SYMKLOUD OpenStack platform. The integration of the two enables elastic and horizontally scalable media processing in the NFV cloud, either at the data center core or edge.

Service providers choose to integrate with the SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform because of its hardware consolidation, which reduces the amount of rack space required, and by the well-constructed pre-packaged automation of deploying OpenStack in hours not days. Additionally, Kontron with partner Canonical fully supports the upgrade lifecycle path of each Ubuntu OpenStack release with zero vendor lock-in.

The GENBAND AMS, a strategic component of its Virtual Network Function (VNF) portfolio, is used as a common resource pool for media transcoding by its media resource function processor (MRFP) for VoLTE and other IMS applications, session border controllers for IP interconnects, and access, session routing and control, intelligent messaging and WebRTC solutions, among others.

“This highlights an exciting collaboration that would give telco service providers the means to roll-out new services much faster based on market-leading GENBAND VNFs, while still significantly cutting operating costs,” said Benoit Robert, VP marketing and strategy, Kontron, communications business. “We have worked with GENBAND on various projects, but this one is special as we have removed one big layer of complexity with a complete turnkey automated OpenStack solution.”

“The integration of our AMS VNF with the Kontron SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform was extremely short and seamless,” said Paul Miller, Chief Technology Officer, GENBAND Networks. “All aspects of this showcase solution – footprint, cost, and flexibility – would be exceptionally attractive for those service providers who are looking for strong partners in their phased migration to run existing and new services across NFV infrastructure.”

The SYMKLOUD OpenStack Platform, supported by Kontron and Canonical, is a transparent and open source approach to building NFV infrastructure without vendor lock-in. Based on the SYMKLOUD MS2900 Series of converged infrastructure hardware, the OpenStack solution combines modular high density compute and redundant network switches in a compact 2U footprint and currently supports the Newton release.


About Kontron in Communications
Kontron designs hardware for the software defined world. Service providers and enterprise clients around the globe collaborate with Kontron and its ISV and channel partners to deploy new services with greater speed, confidence and operational efficiency. Our portfolio is a best-of-breed of OEM hardware and SYMKLOUD Open Infrastructure Platforms dedicated to the deployment of virtual services using software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV). For more information, please visit http://www.symkloud.com or http://www.kontron.com/communications.

About Kontron – An S&T Company
Kontron is a global leader in embedded computing technology (ECT). As a part of technology group S&T, Kontron offers a combined portfolio of secure hardware, middleware and services for Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0 applications. With its standard products and tailor-made solutions based on highly reliable state-of-the-art embedded technologies, Kontron provides secure and innovative applications for a variety of industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best fully integrated applications overall. Kontron is a listed company. Its shares are traded in the Prime Standard segment of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange and on other exchanges under the symbol “KBC”. For more information, please visit: http://www.kontron.com.

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