Red Hat joins the OpenAirInterface Software Alliance

The OpenAirInterface Software Alliance is pleased to announce that Red Hat has joined the Alliance as Associate Member.

The Alliance is delighted to work with Red Hat, a prestigious brand from Raleigh, NC. The Alliance and Red Hat have a number of common interests that were concretely demonstrated by joint work in recent months. For one, we participated together in OPNFV Virtual Central Office V2.0 project alongside Red Hat, China Mobile, and the Linux Foundation, the results of which were demonstrated at the Open Networking Summit 2018 in Amsterdam. A video of that work presented as a keynote at this event, “An Open Approach: Virtualizing the Central Office for Mobile Services – Heather Kirksey, Vice President, Ecosystem & Community, The Linux Foundation; Qiao Fu, Project Manager, China Mobile; Azhar Sayeed & Hanen Garcia, Red Hat” can be seen here. A followup of this work, the Virtual Central Office 3.0 demoing 5G network functions in a cloud native environment is currently under preparation. This version is based out of the EURECOM Data Center in Sophia Antipolis and will be result of strong collaboration with Red Hat on cloud-native environment for RAN / Core Network. The VCO3.0 will also leverage the EURECOM field testing site for OpenAirInterface CI/CD. The objective of VCO3.0 is  to showcase Full 5G, Cloud Native, and Edge. This ongoing work is being documented here.

Red Hat is excited to join and participate in the OpenAirIinterface (OAI) Software Alliance. We fully support OAI’s mission of creating open and high quality software for the mobile industry. We are very encouraged by OAI’s independent and collaborative community structure as this and its mission align well with Red Hat’s goals of creating high quality open software platforms in support of the many mobile and edge use cases our customers are asking us to help them deploy.

We are look forward to continued contributions and progress with the OAI going forward.“, says Thomas Nadeau,Technical Director, NFV, Red Hat.

Azhar Sayeed of Red Hat had the following set of messages at the 1st OpenAirinterface North America Workshop at Nokia Bell-Labs NJ where he gave a keynote Keynote: Journey to Cloud Native for 5G: Red Hat believes in Cloud Native, which holds key to scale, distribution, efficiency as we build software for 5G. This would mean careful dis-aggregation of components to utilize the hardware and infrastructure without losing the cloudiness. When you make the applications and network functions cloud native, think about state management, infrastructure independence and abstractions. It must be understood that instrumentation and telemetry are key to better assurance overall. The good thing is that infrastructure components are more or less ready to start on boarding the cloud native network functions (CNFs) although careful planning with respect to components drives better efficiencies – state management, immutability etc. Red Hat always encourages communities to contribute upstream!

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