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Press Release -- August 14th, 2013
Source: Overture Networks

Overture Announces Founding Membership in CloudNFV, Multi-Vendor NFV Demonstration Platform

Company integrates Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Network Controller (ENC) software along with Carrier Ethernet platforms to help drive industry initiative

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., Aug. 14, 2013 Overture, innovating at the metro edge for service providers and network operators worldwide, today announced its participation as a founding member of CloudNFV, a multi-vendor, cooperative initiative that is creating an open, multi-vendor platform to implement Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) based on established cloud computing and Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies.

The launch of CloudNFV, architected and facilitated by Tom Nolle, CIMI Corporation President, brings together five additional companies with the technological resources and expertise to drive the project forward. The vendor companies working with Overture to support and advance the work of the ETSI NFV ISG are 6WIND, Dell, EnterpriseWeb, and Qosmos.

“Overture is pleased to support the CloudNFV initiative to demonstrate the viability of a cloud-based NFV platform. Tom Nolle of CIMI Corp. has done a great job pulling together this group of like-minded companies to help accelerate real-world deployments of virtual network functions,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “No single company can make this happen on their own.  We are committed to work cooperatively towards advancing NFV and SDN at the metro edge to ultimately bring direct benefit to service providers and network operators around the world.”

Overture is contributing its Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO), Ensemble Network Controller (ENC) along with the Overture 6500 and 65 metro service edge platforms. ESO is a high-availability, open and field extensible platform for managing the entire cycle of VNF onboarding, chaining, federation and operations. ESO leverages the OpenStack™ cloud management system and the Ensemble Network Controller to commission the VNFs, physical elements and the network connectivity between them and the end users. The Ensemble Network Controller (ENC) serves as the WAN infrastructure SDN controller, bridging the virtual network overlay and the physical network worlds. It is a fully MEF-compliant controller extensible to MPLS and IP networks.

Full details on Overture’s role in CloundNFV, can be found on the CloudNFV section of the Overture website.   Detailed information on the technical framework and the initial prototype is contained within the white paper available via the CloudNFV website.

“Overture has been at the forefront of bringing together the cloud and the metro edge, as their Ensemble OSA launch earlier this year demonstrated. Their Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Network Controller are the first network control architecture that’s explicitly designed for metro cloud applications,” said Tom Nolle, President CIMI Corp. “An optimum deployment of NFV could make NFV hosting the largest consumer of metro cloud data centers and connectivity worldwide. The company’s expertise in Carrier Ethernet coupled with its commitment to developing NFV and SDN solutions in an open, multi-vendor environment makes them a natural and valued founding member of CloudNFV.”

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About CloudNFV

CloudNFV is a not-for-profit, voluntary and collaborative activity aimed at advancing NFV using proven cloud principles and techniques. The activity is not sanctioned by, or associated with, the NFV Industry Specifications Group (ISG) or ETSI, although CloudNFV participants are required to be members of NFV ISG. CIMI Corporation is the initial facilitator for CloudNFV activities, though the company makes no claim on intellectual property created by or for this project. The website domains associated with it and the trademark of the term CloudNFV will be transferred at the appropriate point to the company or body that will manage the ongoing maintenance of the prototype platform/implementation created by this project.

About Overture Networks

Overture is the preferred provider of Carrier Ethernet solutions for the metro edge. Known for innovative solutions that enable high-capacity Ethernet services over any media including fiber, copper and TDM, Overture has extended its commitment to innovation with Ensemble OSA™. Ensemble OSA is the industry’s first open architecture that brings the benefits of the cloud, Software-Defined Networking (SDN), Network Function Virtualization (NFV), and open innovation to the metro edge. By leveraging Overture’s Carrier Ethernet expertise and this new open architecture for software-defined services, network operators and service providers worldwide can maximize operational efficiencies and introduce new revenue-generating services on a scale never before possible.

Overture is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with sales offices around the globe. For more information, visit

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