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To meet greater traffic demands and lower operating costs, some of the world’s largest service providers today are looking at open source software to deliver new network services using OpenStack and Linux containers.
In January 2016, AT&T pledged to use open source software for 50 percent of their network network services by 2019. Similarly, other companies such as Comcast and Verizon are working with industry groups such as ETSINFV, Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF), and the Open Cloud Project to develop reference infrastructures as code using OpenStack.
In this presentation, Arista, MEF and Akanda will demonstrate OpenStack implementations for over the top network services. Over the top network services allow companies to manage multivendor cloud environments and mix and match the network functions they want. Each company will discuss how network functions can be abstracted from network hardware and delivered as an open source network service. Examples include dynamic north/south (N/S) routing,load balancing and securityasaservice.
Akanda and Arista will demonstrate how to provision north/south routing and vpn services, using an OpenStack infrastructure. Akanda will explain how OpenStack Astara can setup and manage virtualized network services from multiple vendors. Arista will demonstrate how OpenStack Astara can manage bare metal servers and other types of physical infrastructure (e.g. L2 Gateway) that are not traditionally part of an OpenStack solution. Finally, Finally, Menezes will discuss how open reference infrastructures from the Metro Ethernet Forum and the Open Cloud Project can be turned into code using open source tools like OpenStack Astara, Glance, Nova & Neutron.