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Press Release -- January 27th, 2015
Source: Overture Networks

Overture Introduces Industry’s First Carrier Ethernet VNF

The first and only hardware-agnostic Carrier Ethernet VNF greatly enhances NFV deployment options with line-rate performance capabilities up to 10GigE.

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., January 27, 2015 – Overture announced today it has further enhanced its Ensemble Open Services Architecture (OSATM) with the introduction of the Ensemble Carrier Ethernet (ECE) Virtual Network Function (VNF), Overture’s first offering in the newly launched Ensemble Virtual Resources family of NVF-enabling solutions. For communication service providers looking to transition from point products to a virtualized service delivery environment, ECE provides the same Carrier Ethernet 2.0 functionality of a physical Ethernet Access Device, without being tied to proprietary, purpose built hardware.

ECE joins the company’s already released Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Network Controller (ENC), as well as the newly announced Ensemble Service Intelligence (ESI), as parts of the growing Ensemble OSA™ portfolio. Each component of Ensemble OSA™ is designed to work seamlessly as part of a broader open systems architecture, but is also capable of operating as a standalone solution, offering greater flexibility and deployment options to service providers.

“Overture’s long time in Ethernet access and several-year focus on SDN and NFV gives them a strong understanding to develop an essential network virtualization tool that meets the carrier goal of agile creation of new service offerings,” stated Michael Howard, principal analyst at Infonetics Research (recently acquired by IHS).  “Overture knows that service providers are looking to avoid vendor lock-in, so they developed an open and non-proprietary Carrier Ethernet VNF. We believe that operators will want to evaluate the ECE VNF with its software flexibility to help achieve their goals for NFV.”

The ECE VNF software can run on any Intel-based server. For hardened environments, the Overture 65vSE can host the ECE and multiple other VNFs. This hardware-agnostic approach provides service providers with the ability to instantly deploy new, on-demand applications in a CO, data center, or customer premise, simplifying operations and driving new service innovation. As a software-based solution, the ECE VNF can easily scale services as needed, with line-rate performance up to 10GigE. It also enables an optimized NFV model where the virtual network functions can be placed wherever the service provider chooses; the service edge, a central location, or both.

“Our customers clearly want to transition their networks into agile, automated, open environments that will drive dramatic costs reductions and accelerate their service delivery,” said Mike Aquino, president and CEO, Overture. “The introduction of the industry’s first true Carrier Ethernet Virtual Network Function is a milestone achievement in the advancement of NFV from the lab to field trials. It demonstrates our commitment to an evolving open ecosystem which ultimately helps our customers maximize both capital and operational efficiencies, while accelerating the pace of new revenue-generating services.”

With Overture’s other announcement of its Ensemble Service Intelligence (ESI) solution, the industry’s first big data analytics platform for virtualized services, Overture is continuing to deliver on its mission to transform service delivery and enable the Autonomous Network.

About Overture Networks

Overture is the preferred provider of orchestration and control capabilities for Carrier Ethernet solutions. By leveraging Overture’s Carrier Ethernet expertise and its new Ensemble Open Service Architecture™ for software-defined services, network operators and service providers worldwide are maximizing operational efficiencies and introducing 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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