data center researchNetwork functions virtualization (NFV) and software defined networking (SDN) are the focus of a new industry alliance spearheaded by equipment manufacturer Telco Systems known as the Open Edge Alliance.

Open Edge Alliance, members will be “able to develop apps that become fully certified components of complete, carrier-grade network-edge solutions,” Telco Systems explained in a press release. Requiring “minimal investment in the process,” moreover, means joining Open Edge Alliance should be especially attractive and beneficial for “startups and small innovators,” the company said.

Open Edge Alliance
The Alliance is assembling an online application store whose products are certified to run seamlessly on Telco Systems’ carrier-grade, hosted D-NFV CloudMetro platform, which has been implemented across various service-provider networks. High-tech companies including Intel; cybersecurity provider Check Point; Audiocodes, a provider of converged VoIP and data solutions; and Netrounds, a provider of on-demand service assurance, have joined the Open Edge Alliance.

AudioCodes product VP Yehuda Hersovici said the alliance will facilitate “faster adoption of hosted enterprise communication services, assuring high voice quality and service continuity, while enabling smooth migration away from legacy communications equipment.”

Added Netrounds’ CEO Mats Norlund: “The entire networking industry is striving to enable agile networks that deliver assured connectivity services orchestrated across network domains between physical and virtual service endpoints. Teaming up with Telco Systems and the Alliance makes it possible to provide such a solution to service providers.”

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