Introduction and about Kontron
Kontron designs network infrastructure platforms that underpin the world’s communications networks.
Its blade, rackmountable, and converged inrastructure products are built on the latest embedded Intel platforms, with integrated software from a growing number of ISV partners.
The company’s current focus is on enabling CSPs to move to Cloud-NFV/SDN infrastructures, based on its OpenStack-based, high capacity and converged hardware/software platforms.
Demonstrating its commitment to openness and Open Source, Kontron is a member of the OpenStack Foundation, Nokia CloudBand, Wind River Titanium Cloud NFV, Red Hat NFV, and Sandvine NFV.NET partnerships.
The SYMKLOUD Series is a family of x86 commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms designed to support CDN, NFV and cloud-based workloads, bridging the gap between telco and cloud networks.
Its Open Communications Platforms offer application-ready hardware in rackmountable and AdvancedTCA 10/40 Gigabit Ethernet form factors.
This year at Mobile World Congress, Kontron was telling the story of building a converged and flexible infrastructure to support NFV and SDN. Sven Freudenfeld says that the aim is to develop a flexible framework that provides a combination of hardware and software choices for developers and carriers that are looking to deploy SDN and NFV architectures. One example of this flexibility is Kontron’s newly announced partnership with ARM.
What goes into that framework is a combination of switching infrastructure, compute resource management, redundancy and a high availability feature set.
Underlying that approach is the fact that that Kontron understands it has not been easy for operators to determine the best path to deploy SDN and NFV infrastructure. What is required is the possibility to evaluate and base solutions on different technologies: X86, ARM or Xeon E3 based solutions.
In addition to that is the requirement for hyper-convergence, where multiple functions are converged on the same hardware platform: storage, graphics, CPU and open switching. The standard approach to date has seen white boxes racked up, rather than being integrated into one platfrom that makes it much easier to work with ecosystem partners.
Whichever functions operators choose to deploy, the common network requirements will be the same. They will need infrastructure that is interoperable, with embedded silicon with a longer life compared to pure commodity IT hardware and that, ultimately, is easier to use and scale efficiently.
A crucial requirement that this integrated approach meets is for interoperability and openness. Having one orchestrator for multiple platforms and VNFs from different vendors is a key aspect, but still needs to be addressed to migrate to virtualised platforms, says Freudenfeld.
So that’s the story of what a hyper-converged, flexible, and open hardware platform can bring to carriers’ SDN-NFV deployments. Follow the rest of Kontron’s story here.
Press, news and coverage
Our announcements and how the media saw us at MWC16
Collaboration the Result of Strong Carrier Demand for NFVi platforms
that Offer Higher Compute Density and Lower Power Consumption.
Integrated Converged Platform Solution Brings a Carrier Grade ARM-based and Open Source Alternative to Carriers Implementing NFV Infrastructure.
Kontron to sell a 49% stake in its Communication business to Ennoconn for US$ 57.3 million.
Puts Intel XEON D-1500 processor product family at the core of its hosting data centre and telco NFV/SDN infrastructure.
Kontron now member of vendor forum, co-founded by Sandvine, dedicated to accelerating the adoption of NFV.
The ARM announcement caught the attention of NFV-watchers...
And others the Pica8 SDN partnership...
What will Kontron be focusing on at this year’s event?
A lot – but the simple message is we understand it has not been easy for CSPs to determine the best path to deploy SDN and NFV infrastructure. Much of what we will show at MWC is an array of converged hardware and software choices that can be tailored to help streamline and speed up their service roll-outs. What is important is none of this could be possible without all the extensive work we have done to work with a wide array of partners to make any SDN/NFV infrastructure open, interoperable, and easier to use.
Are you planning any specific product launches or releases during the show?
We have a couple of launches that will be only announced during the first day of the show. However, we do plan to highlight our work with Pica8, which is now complete. We will have the first fully converged infrastructure platform (Symkloud Series) that combines both NFV and fully SDN-enabled NOS switching – interoperable with most SDN controllers (ODL, ONOS, Ryu) – all in the same compact enclosure.
This is an exciting next step to provide bare metal switching and integrate more technologies onto the same platform to help reduce cabling and ToR equipment and any associated operating expenses.
In terms of the network - what operator requirements and needs do you think will be most prominent at MWC?
From a top-down viewpoint, CSPs are naturally keen on figuring out which new services will generate the most revenue. Whichever ones they chose to deploy on whatever virtualized deployment model, the common network requirements will be the same. They will need infrastructure that is interoperable yet secure, provides High Availability features, embedded silicon with a longer life compared to pure commodity IT hardware, and ultimately, is easy to use and can scale efficiently.
How will Kontron’s solutions that you are exhibiting help meet those requirements?
With a long history in supplying carrier grade commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) rackmount and bladed platforms, we understand how to marry a CSP’s network requirements (long-life, redundancy, 5x Nine’s) with today’s move towards a more cloud and virtualized environment. Add all the integration efforts with key ISV partners and we can supply any number of carrier-grade hardware-software solutions, enabled for virtualized network functions.
Who would you like to meet at MWC, in terms of potential customers and partners?
Kontron is interested to meet with people from the carrier space who seek new converged infrastructure options that better fit their specific VNF workloads, power requirements, and overall operating expenses.
This includes any VARs and system integrators who service these mobile operators.
MWC is the ideal event to form new partnerships with like-minded TEMs, ISVs and other hardware vendors. We will be actively reaching out to establish new contacts, as well, solidifying existing partnerships we have today. We certainly invite all of the above to come visit us at the Kontron stand.
Where can we find you at MWC this year?
We moved our stand location: now find us in Hall5 – Stand 5H41 – on the center aisle. We look forward to meeting everyone at the show.