Kontron Joins CENGN Consortium as Newest Partner


Published: June 16th, 2016

Ottawa, Canada Thursday June 16, 2016 – CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks (NGN), a leader in the rapid commercialization of NGN products, applications and services, today announced that Kontron has joined as the consortium’s newest Partner.

The partnership between the two companies will utilize CENGN’s lab infrastructure and SDN/ NFV engineering expertise, along with Kontron’s SYMKLOUD state-of-the-art blade servers to develop the 1st pod of a new OPNFV Pharos Community Lab.

Once complete, the CENGN OPNFV Pharos lab will provide a NFV testing infrastructure to facilitate collaborative testing and accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV.

“As an associate member of OPNFV, we are thrilled to be hosting the only OPNFV Pharos Lab in Canada” says CENGN President and CEO, Ritch Dusome “With the help of partners like Kontron and the addition of their SYMKLOUD server/ switch platform, we are confident that this lab will be one of the best in the world.”

Kontron’s newest product SYMKLOUD is a massively scalable SDN/NFV- enabled converged cloud infrastructure platform. It combines compute, storage, and dual 10GbE networking into a single, high-density modular 2U platform. As a hybrid design approach, Kontron addresses the need of providing CSPs with freedom to choose from any number of value-add on options with the SYMKLOUD. As an NFV and SDN platform, SYMKLOUD offers service providers an interesting mix and match of choices of x86 silicon, switching (10G, 40G, SDN), and middleware/cloud orchestration solutions (Red Hat, Wind River Titanium, Ubuntu, Mirantis, CloudBand, etc) plus a growing list of partners for pre-tested VNF solutions.

“Kontron is extremely pleased to be working with CENGN on the Pharos Lab,” said Benoit Robert, Strategy and Marketing, Kontron. “There is immense opportunity in this collaboration to manifest powerful and innovative NFV infrastructure that can truly be a game changer for the communication service provider industry.”

Besides Pharos, CENGN is also an active participant in other OPNFV projects such as JOID and StorPerf.

View the full press release here!

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. Our state of the
art physical and virtual multi-vendor, test, certification and validation platform provides a
unique environment to commercialize advanced products, applications and services. Members
include: Allstream, BTI Systems, Cisco, EWA Canada, EXFO, Fujitsu, Invest Ottawa, Juniper,
NOKIA, Rogers, TELUS, Viavi and WindRiver. For more information, visit www.cengn.ca

About Kontron in Communications:
Kontron designs carrier-class and cloud infrastructure solutions that bring any application to life
for the new world of software defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualization
(NFV). We are experienced system architects who match our clients’ network application
requirements with the right hardware and software solutions for the 4G LTE Evolved Packet
Core, Content Delivery Networks, and Cloud infrastructure. For more information, please visit
www.symkloud.com or www.kontron.com/communications. Kontron is a Corporate Sponsor of
the OpenStack Foundation, and is an ecosystem partnerof the Alcatel-Lucent CloudBand™
Ecosystem Program, Red Hat NFV ecosystem, and the Wind River Titanium Cloud NFV partner
program.

About Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV):
Open Platform for NFV is a carrier-grade, integrated, open source flexible platform intended to accelerate the introduction of new products and services using NFV. It brings together service providers, vendors and users to collaborate in an open forum on advancing the state-of-the-art in NFV. For more information, please visit: http://www.opnfv.org. OPNFV is a Collaborative Project at The Linux Foundation. Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects are independently funded software projects that harness the power of collaborative development to fuel innovation across industries and ecosystems. www.linuxfoundation.org

Media Contacts:
Europe, Middle East and Africa
Chari Lazaridis – Kontron
Tel: +49 (0) 821 4086-484
chari.lazaridis@kontron.com

Martin Farjah – Profil Marketing
Tel: +49 (531) 387 33 22
m.farjah@profil-marketing.com

North America
Brian Surritt – Kontron
Tel: +1 858.623.3093
brian.surritt@kontron.com

Annette Keller – Keller Communications
Tel: +1 707 947 7232
annettekeller@sbcglobal.net

Asia Pacific
Brian Surritt – Kontron
Tel: +1 858.623.3093
brian.surritt@kontron.com

Martin Farjah – Profil Marketing
Tel: +49 (531) 387 33 22
m.farjah@profil-marketing.com

CENGN Media contact:
Kelly Daize
VP Business Development and Marketing
kdaize@cengn.ca
Tel: +1 (613) 963-1198

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CENGN, Canada’s Centre of Excellence in Next Generation Networks, drives technology innovation and industry growth through our testbed, technical expertise, talent development, and partner ecosystem. Through our projects, CENGN enables small and medium Canadian Enterprises to test and validate promising technologies, removing barriers to product commercialization and accelerating market growth.

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