Openet announces global availability of free of charge NFV software

March 31, 2016 - Openet

DUBLIN, Ireland - March 31st 2016Openet, a global leader in the supply of real-time BSS (business support systems), today announced the global availability of its free of charge VNF Lifecycle Manager software. Openet’s NFV software, named Weaver, is now available to operators, system integrators and VNF/NFV vendors as a community edition.


NFV will see the need to manage carrier grade production solutions across distributed systems at scale. These multi-vendor solutions will also feature a rapid evaluation of features and functions in VNF services leading to significant operationally complexity. Weaver helps reduce this complexity.


Weaver works to upgrade software and/or configurations within the existing VM (virtual machines) instead of simply creating new VM instances. This is key to supporting efficient in-service VNF management, and greatly reduces the operational time and complexity. Deployments that manage VNFs only at the VM level operate with coarse control and significant blind spots.  Weaver, in contrast, provides superior fine grain control and visibility over the deployed VNFs, resulting in deployment that is not only faster but also more robust and less error prone. 


Michael O’Sullivan, GVP Engineering for Openet, said “Our goal with Weaver is to drive the adoption of NFV within the operator community, and since our original announcement we’ve had an overwhelmingly positive response. For operators, managing multiple VNFs from different vendors using bespoke VNF managers is complex, and not in any way cost efficient. Software such as Weaver can help them successfully manage multiple VNFs at scale, avoiding potential vendor lock-in.”


Weaver is available for download at

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About Openet


Openet provides the systems and expertise to assist Communication Service Providers to grow to become Digital Service Providers. Openet enables this through our real-time monetization, control, and big data preparation systems. Our solutions enable service providers to be more innovative in how they engage with their customers to drive new revenues and increase their share of their customers’ digital spend.

Since its foundation in 1999, Openet has constantly been at the forefront of telecoms software development and innovation. Its success is personified by the many long-term relationships it has fostered with the largest, most progressive, and demanding operators across the globe. For more information visit

About WeaverTM the Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager

Weaver is based on the same technology that is used by Openet’s Tier 1 customers to successfully manage multiple VNFs at scale across datacentres. As such it has already delivered significant improvements in handling deployment of VNFs across hundreds of servers in multiple data centres. These include reducing deployment and maintenance timeframes from weeks to minutes.  

Using a metadata-driven architecture to deliver a highly flexible and converged generic VNFM and EMS layer to manage the variation of lifecycle management requirements for diverse VNFs.  It simplifies integration by providing the operator’s global orchestrator a single unified interface to manage the lifecycle of all the VNFs on their network instead of having to integrate with separate VNFM and EMS silos.

Its agnostic approach provides consistent management capability to a complex NVF ecosystem integrating with vendor specific VNFMs. This provides VNFM functionality to VNFs where a native VNFM does not exist or lacks capability and can also deliver VNFM capability to custom “ad hoc” virtual solutions.

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