Kontron and CENGN to demonstrate OPNFV reference platform ‘Danube’ and containerized vIMS using Kubernetes

Published: June 13th, 2017

Montreal, June 12, 2017 – Kontron, a global provider of cloud and carrier-class integrated infrastructure platforms, today announced it will join Canadian-based CENGN (Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networking) at OPNFV Summit in Beijing, China, June 12-15, 2017.

Together, they will illustrate how the ‘Danube’ release of the OPNFV reference platform was used to deploy a vIMS (virtual IP multimedia sub-system) – from the open source Clearwater Project – as a containerized virtual network function (VNF) using JOID-deployed bare metal Kubernetes on Kontron SYMKLOUD hardware.

Broadband and wireless operators can learn more with a one-on-one demo at the CENGN booth during the OPNFV Summit. This includes the build-up process and how this demo is a viable working Pharos Lab platform today, deployed on SYMKLOUD at CENGN. It will also be made available for OPNFV to develop additional tests to its Functest project before the end of August 2017.

As an OPNFV member and Pharos Lab host, CENGN works with operators and VNF vendors to remotely access each new release of OPNFV for interoperability and performance testing. Kontron has worked with CENGN since ‘Brahmaputra’ by providing infrastructure support for its Pharos Lab, one of 16 other member-run NFV community labs being used for continuous integration, deployment and testing across the world.

“This latest collaboration with CENGN neatly complements all our efforts to, not only market a fully validated turnkey OpenStack platform based on Ubuntu, but to also validate how flexible the SYMKLOUD platform is for equally exciting technologies such as containers,” explains Benoit Robert, VP Strategy and Marketing at Kontron, communications business. “We see tremendous value in fully supporting CENGN in its efforts to help promote an open platform for NFV.”

“This turned out to be a far more effortless project than expected,” explained Dave Urschatz, Pharos Lab technical lead, at CENGN. “The Kubernetes setup on SYMKLOUD is entirely flexible to build up or tear down containerized functions in mere seconds. Operator attendees at OPNFV Summit will be able to see firsthand the early potential to run any wireless backhaul functions under this scenario.”

CENGN has deployed in its Pharos Lab a 2U SYMKLOUD MS2910 converged infrastructure platform that supports up to 18 independent Intel® Xeon® D processors across nine modular server nodes. Its high density compute and redundant network switches help operators achieve up to a 70% OPEX reduction. As an OpenStack Platform the MS2910 natively integrates each new release based on Ubuntu OpenStack, fully supported by Kontron and Canonical.

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Kontron joins the CENGN booth at OPNFV Summit, June 12 – 15, 2017| Beijing, China


About Kontron:

Kontron, a global leader in embedded computing technology and a pioneer in secure IoT platform solutions, provides a combined portfolio of hardware, middleware and services. With its leading-edge standard products and solution ready platforms, Kontron enables new technologies and applications across multiple industries. As a result, customers benefit from accelerated time-to-market, reduced total cost of ownership, product longevity and the best overall application with the highest reliability in embedded technology. 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: www.kontron.com

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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 www.symkloud.com or www.kontron.com/communications.

About CENGN – Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks

Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (CENGN), is a consortium of industry, academic and research leaders dedicated to accelerating the commercialization of next generation communications solutions. CENGN’s internationally recognized testing centre employs interoperability between multiple software and hardware products, providing a unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services. Our fully operational data centre is running a production OpenStack environment with multiple connections to a real-world WAN including a dark fibre connection that enables connectivity speeds of more than 100Gbps. CENGN services include; Proof of Concept (PoC) validation and hosting, interoperability/performance/ certification testing, technical training (SDN, NFV, IPv6, ODL, OpenStack), Innovation for Hire and Commercialization Acceleration.  CENGN members include: Cisco, EXFO, Ribbon Communications, Fujitsu, Invest Ottawa, Juniper, Nokia, Rogers, TELUS, VIAVI, Wind River, and Zayo Canada.

For more information visit www.cengn.ca

For further information please contact: 

Rick Penwarden
Marketing Manager
613-936-1200 x329

For further information please contact:

Alexandra Habekost
Head of Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Kontron AG
Tel: +49 (0) 821 4086 114

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