February 11, 2016
RIFT.io today announced the general availability of RIFT.ware 4.1, the industry’s first and only open-source solution, which harnesses the best aspects of cloud computing, software defined networking, and network functions virtualization to deliver a complete, yet open, network service virtualization (NSV) platform. RIFT.io is also announcing the availability of the commercial version of RIFT.ware 4.1, with full support and maintenance from the company.
RIFT.ware leverages the economics and capabilities of hyperscale public and private clouds to solve the complexity of virtualizing network functions and services. RIFT.io’s solution approach is through highly scalable management and orchestration (MANO) capabilities using open source, model-driven, standard descriptors, which fosters industry-wide innovation and prevents single vendor lock-in.
This aligns with the industry momentum behind an open platform for developing and deploying virtual network functions (VNFs), according to Caroline Chappell, a principal analyst at Heavy Reading who recently published a report on the subject entitled “Accelerating NFV“. In the report, Chappell identified a distinct market opportunity to reduce the cost of VNF development, enable VNF vendors to bring virtualized network function to market faster and overcome the challenges with the current approach.
“Fragmentation of NFV technology, management and automation approaches is slowing the appearance of virtual network functions and constraining choice,” Chappell said. “A common platform that supports the development and deployment of VNFs reduces the time and cost associated with their creation or migration and removes a major barrier to NFV implementation. The open source nature of such a platform will be key to industry acceptance, as will its alignment with NFV MANO requirements.”
The new RIFT.ware version is compliant with ETSI standards and delivers sophisticated orchestration and automation of virtual network functions and services at scale. RIFT.ware is a modular platform designed for enterprises, service providers, and network function developers to on-board VNFs quickly and design network services in a user-friendly manner. RIFT.ware is designed to simplify the operation of virtual networks and help any company create a roadmap for first virtualizing, then automating and building massively scalable, cloud-ready communications applications.
RIFT.ware 4.0 has been available for download as part of the Early Adopter Program since December for select customers and partners for trials, proofs of concept (POC), and lab testing. On February 29th, RIFT.ware 4.1 is being released under Apache Public License 2.0 to all customers, partners, and other SDN/NFV vendors.
Further, making RIFT.ware 4.1 available as an open source project offers significant opportunities to accelerate development of VNFs, foster innovation, and develop new RIFT.ware functionality, which will spur NSV market adoption. RIFT.ware empowers SPs and network application builders to easily test VNFs, and best determine how to integrate RIFT.ware as part of their overall NFV/NSV platform and OSS/BSS strategies. RIFT.ware ecosystem partners such as Benu Networks can also reduce development time and costs, which will expand the addressable market for their virtual network solutions.
“Benu Networks is proud to partner with RIFT.io to deliver network solutions that embrace open, cloud technologies,” said Dino Di Palma, CEO, Benu Networks. “Partnering with RIFT.io has accelerated our development of solutions for the connected home, helped us build a more robust, scalable virtual network application and expanded the market for our solutions.”
RIFT.ware 4.1 will be available for download at www.riftio.com. RIFT.io will be demonstrating RIFT.ware 4.1 and cloud-ready partner solutions during Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 22 through 25 in Hall 7, Stand 7N73.
“As consumers of networking services evaluate their strategy for virtualized network services, they want the same openness, flexibility, and scalability enjoyed by enterprise IT and hyperscale data centers,” said Tony Schoener, CEO, RIFT.io. “We founded RIFT.io and built RIFT.ware with a singular focus on delivering a truly open platform, available to everyone, that delivers full lifecycle management, orchestration, and massive scalability to virtual network functions, applications and services.”