Artesyn Embedded Technologies Announces Open Compute Project (OCP) Platform for Network Functions Virtualization

This new Centellis OCP Platform is a rack solution that integrates servers, storage and top-of-rack switches, and offers improvements in density, availability, flexibility, scalability, serviceability, manageability, and ease of deployment versus traditional rack servers.

today announced its first high performance integrated computing system inspired by Open Compute Project (OCP) standards. The Centellis® OCP Platform is designed to help communication service providers dramatically lower the capital and operating expense associated with running their networks by leveraging open standard and open source hardware and software, and taking advantage of and technologies. This new Centellis OCP Platform is a rack solution that integrates servers, storage and top-of-rack switches, and offers improvements in density, availability, flexibility, scalability, serviceability, manageability, and ease of deployment versus traditional rack servers.

The Centellis OCP Platform is designed for the development and deployment of network functions virtualization () applications orchestrated by (). It is compatible with Artesyn’s Centellis® Virtualization Platform, which is based on a field-proven software framework for NFV. This gives service providers a common application deployment software platform, which is independent of the hardware architecture and can support the scaling of virtual network functions (VNFs) from the edge to the core of carrier networks.

“Our research shows that communications service providers have concerns about whether OCP and other commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies will meet the needs of their networks,” said Doug Sandy, chief technology officer, Artesyn Embedded Technologies. “Therefore, Artesyn is collaborating with customers and contributing to industry bodies such as the Open Compute Project (OCP) and European Standards Institute () to apply our many years of experience in building solutions for the infrastructure to the emerging demand for OCP technologies in carrier networks. The new Artesyn Centellis OCP Platform offers a path to a class of OCP solutions that are optimized to network equipment requirements.”

Artesyn has published an eBook, The Guide to OCP for Smart Carriers, which explores how OCP technologies offer great promise for service providers and considers the challenges in making these technologies viable for carrier networks.

About Artesyn Embedded Technologies

Artesyn Embedded Technologies is a global leader in the design and manufacture of highly reliable power conversion and embedded computing solutions for a wide range of industries including communications, computing, medical, military, aerospace and industrial. For more than 40 years, customers have trusted Artesyn to help them accelerate time-to-market and reduce risk with cost-effective advanced network computing and power conversion solutions. Artesyn has over 20,000 employees worldwide across nine engineering centers of excellence, four world-class manufacturing facilities, and global sales and support offices.