April 25-29, 2016

Event Details

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Achieving Five-Nine of VNF Reliability in Telco-Grade OpenStack Cloud

Network applications want to take advantage of the elasticity, cost savings, increased efficiency that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) offers them. However, NFV still needs to provide Telco-grade services, including offering their end-users with SLAs of Five-nine availability or higher, which means that the network must be available 99.999% of the time or be down less than 5.25 minutes a year. 

Virtualization and clouds, while promising significant advantages through agility and cost savings, bring challenges in providing carrier grade resiliency. One way to achieve the desired Five-nine availability in an OpenStack based cloud is to have the Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) leverage the OpenStack Constructs in an intelligent manner. 

This presentation will provide recommendations as to how VNFs can leverage existing OpenStack constructs in an efficient manner. It will also identify the new OpenStack Constructs required, if any, to enable high availability.


The Telecom/NFV track is brought to you by OpenStack and OPNFV.

What can I expect to learn?

Speakers will share their experience and challenges in building (and upgrading) OpenStack based Telco-grade cloud to stand up VNFs. The presentation will focus on the following areas:

  1. Fundamental difference between VNFs and PNFs (Physical Network Function) and what is required in OpenStack platform to support VNFs.

  2. How to avoid single point of failure in the Cloud Hardware, Software and Network.

  3. Minimum requirements to build a Telco-grade OpenStack cloud for offering 99.9% of SLA to its tenants.

  4. How the VNFs can provide Five-nine (99.999%) SLA to the end users by leveraging an OpenStack cloud platform with 99.9% SLA and the OpenStack exposed functionalities.
Wednesday, April 27, 1:50pm-2:30pm (6:50pm - 7:30pm UTC)
Difficulty Level: Intermediate
AT&T, Lead System Architect
Kandan Kathirvel is Director at AT&T and responsible for AT&T's Cloud Strategy and Architecture. Kandan is the TSC-Chair at Akraino Edge Stack, Linux Foundation. Kandan served on the OpenStack board of directors from 2017 to 2018. Kandan leads AT&T’s technology efforts around Edge Computing, NFV, and SDN. Kandan has led several opensource initiatives, and a big Open Source... FULL PROFILE
Principal Solutions Consultant, Ericsson
20+ years of experience spanned across various roles within the research and product development of telecommunication systems, with a special concentration on wireless and packet based networks. In depth knowledge of IETF (TCP/UDP, IP, LDAP, SIP, SNMP, RTP/RTCP, IPSec, Mobile IP, Radius/Diameter etc.), wireless (TDMA, CDPD, CDMA, 1XRTT, GPRS, UMTS, WiMAX, LTE, 802.11x based WLAN etc.) and... FULL PROFILE
OpenStack Technologist
I'm a passionate, energetic and friendly Technologist that like to work with like minded people, focusing on delivering the best in class solutions, OpenSource, for OpenStack. For me it is important, that the people I work with, fully respect each other. I'm deeply involved with Cloud Technologies since 2011, when I was working in My personal dream is to see the most critical... FULL PROFILE
Red Hat Inc.
Rimma Iontel is a Chief Architect in Red Hat's Telecommunications, Entertainment and Media (TME) Technology, Strategy and Execution office.  She is responsible for supporting Red Hat’s global ecosystem of customers and partners in the Telecommunications industry.  Since joining Red Hat in 2014, she’s been assisting customers and partners in their network transformation journey, helping... FULL PROFILE
SDN/NFV Platform Solution Architect with Intel Shannon. 10 years Telecommunications and Embedded deisgn with Intel. Current primary focus on Telco cloud, Service Assurance, vCPE/vHome and Product Enabling.Graduated from University College Cork. FULL PROFILE