Cloudify, Lumina Networks partner to automate networks, enabling agile service deployment

Cloudify Platform and Lumina Networks have announced a strategic partnership to bring agility to service providers with legacy and virtualized networks. The two companies will cooperate on customer deployments to automate service delivery without vendor lock-in.

On the heels of a tier-one service provider production deployment, the two companies will productize a new open source plug-in to enable service orchestration for brownfield networks that want to deploy NFV.

Lumina Networks believes the future is open software networks where service providers are in control of their development. Lumina is the catalyst that brings open software networking out of the lab and into the live network. It develops open source platforms and provide NetDev Services to deliver production systems and to transfer know-how in agile software development methods.

Enabling the Cloudify cloud native orchestration platform to provision network connectivity, the plug-in provides unified controls of underlay equipment via a network path-based application, the Lumina Flow Manager, on the Lumina SDN Controller.

With shared support of ONAP, including Lumina’s continued leadership in OpenDaylight, this alliance renews the companies’ commitment to providing service providers network evolution without vendor lock-in.

“Our partnership gives service providers exactly what they need to bring VNFs to production – control of both the virtual and physical network, orchestrated and controlled as one network and one service” says Lumina Networks CEO, Andrew Coward. “Together, through joint development and open source cooperation, we will build on our success helping customers design and implement NFV and SDN solutions to bring network automation and service continuity to production.”

“Cloudify and Lumina have been working together to deliver real-world NFV transformation through DevOps agility and automation at the networking layer, doing so successfully and in production at Tier-1 service providers.” says Ariel Dan, CEO at Cloudify. “This partnership enables organizations to modernize their legacy networks by confidently building best of breed, production-grade, open source networking stacks across multi-cloud & cloud native environments.”

Cloudify had announced in May its enhanced solution to help virtualized network functions (VNF) vendors achieve cloud native capabilities for their networking services in record time, through simplified management and orchestration (MANO). This solution will enable these vendors to fully automate their VNF provisioning, configuration and management on hybrid environments, including Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware, AWS, GCP, as well as add compatibility with industry standards such as ONAP and TOSCA by embedding Cloudify as their VNFM.

The solution will enable VNF vendors to integrate with the diversity of technology widely used by telecoms and operators. Together with its VNF solution, Cloudify has launched a new self-service Cloud-Ready VNF Lab, to enable VNF vendors to test drive Cloudify’s VNF Management capabilities.


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