Nokia has updated its CloudBand software platform by an in-house developed open source called OpenStack platform. This provides a better support to containerized deployments for edge computing. The company was previously well-known to be working along with Red Hat’s OpenStack platform for its CloudBand.
Nokia’s CloudBand software platform consists of ETSI NFV management and orchestration (MANO) system which is known to deploy any type of combination with NFV infrastructure, , generic VNF manager, virtualized infrastructure manager or VIM and NFV orchestrator. It also provides an operator to host, orchestrate, automate, and manage VNFs and its services. If we view it from a macro level, the latest update will be seen providing a single NFVi/VIM for supporting and managing their virtual machine (VM) with containerized workloads. This will also include the integration of Kubernetes with the support of migration in the workloads from VMs to containers.
In a conversation with Dan McBride, the software marketing director at Nokia, he expresses that this update is a counter to all those operators who are moving towards digitization by using cloud platforms. By the deploying 5G networks and supporting edge computing and cloud RAN architectures there has been an increase in the use of containers for supporting edge and cloud RAN deployments. Later, Ronen Totem, CloudBand program manager at Nokia, added to it by calling it the last option for inclusion of Kubernetes into their platform. He says that the company is working to introduce Kubernetes as part of their platform which will help them to eventually move from VMs to containers.