NTT, Alcatel-Lucent Japan and Fujitsu to study server architecture for future networks

February 10, 2014 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation has launched a collaborative study with Alcatel-Lucent Japan Ltd., and Fujitsu Limited to develop a server architecture for core systems in telecom networks.

This project aims to realize a server architecture that optimises various common functions in communication networks in terms of reliability, scalability and maintainability. Using this architecture, service providers can develop their services efficiently by focusing only on their logic. In this server architecture, all network functionality is realized on network-wide virtualized hardware in order to prevent the variety of devices from spreading.

NTT has set up an alliance with Alcatel-Lucent Japan and Fujitsu to collaborate on server technology to establish new technology, advance its level of sophistication, and enable early feasibility checking of the technology. Alcatel-Lucent Japan is one of the leading firms developing virtualization and orchestration technologies for network server systems, and Fujitsu has extensive experience in systematization of distributed computing and maintaining large-scale server systems.

The primary roles of three participating companies are as follows:

  1. NTT to provide the telecom carrier requirements and the core technology for distributed computing with scale-out and redundant architecture.
  2. Alcatel-Lucent Japan to provide the system requirements based on the global market and to provide the technologies for server virtualization and orchestration that meet the operation and maintenance requirements of telecom carriers.
  3. Fujitsu to provide the systematization of distributed computing and to provide maintenance and operation technology for a scale-out communication control server.

This collaborative study between the three companies has begun, and aims to establish a new server architecture that will enable the three partners to develop service applications at an early stage. In addition, this collaboration aims to expand and apply the resulting technology to support other fields that require reliability, scalability, and maintainability including financial or medical fields, as well as in the communication network field in the future. The desire of the involved companies is to see this technology spread and become a global standard.

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www.ntt.co.jp

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