Openet to provide free of charge NFV software in initiative to promote interoperability and openness

January 13, 2016 - Openet

DUBLIN, Ireland - January 8th 2016Openet, a global leader in the supply of real-time BSS (business support systems), today announced that its OVLM (Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager) software will be made available free of charge from March 2016. This initiative will enable the adoption of vendor-interchangeable and interoperable Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and help operators to realise the benefits that open NFV can deliver.

Michael O’Sullivan, GVP Engineering for Openet, said “NFV needs to be open, but in reality we see some VNF vendors insisting on delivering a bespoke VNF Manager, citing specific performance or complexity issues. The resulting integration effort not only demands that operators provide complex VNF on-boarding processes, but also introduces the danger of vendor lock-in. This will not help with the adoption of NFV, and will impact the flexibility and overall competitiveness of operators.”

To help address this concern, Openet will release a community edition of its OVLM (Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager). OVLM is an ETSI (European Telecoms Standards Institute) compliant VNF-Manager for configuration management, monitoring, recovery, VNF orchestration and lifecycle management of diverse multi domain and multi-vendor VNFs.

“In order to become more agile telecoms operators need NFV to be fully open,” continued O’Sullivan. “By making its software available free of charge on a community model, Openet is helping to remove a major pain point in managing diverse VNFs. This will accelerate cost effective NFV ecosystem build-outs and bring new services and products online faster and in a more robust manner. We will provide this software free of charge to operators, system integrators and VNF vendors. It’s important that all companies involved in the development and implementation of an open and interoperable ecosystem work together to enable NFV to advance.”

Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager Community edition will be available for download from March 31st 2016. Get additional information or register your interest at

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About Openet

Openet is the leading independent supplier of real-time BSS (business support systems) to communication service providers. Openet software ensures that more than 600 million mobile telecoms users around the world enjoy the best network and data experience while enabling operators to monetize data use in ‘real-time’. Since its foundation in 1999, Openet has constantly been at the forefront of telecoms software development and innovation. This is characterized by its open platform, domain experience and engineering expertise. Its success is personified by the many long-term relationships it has fostered with the largest, most progressive, and demanding operators across the globe.

In the NFV arena Openet is a member of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group and has been at the vanguard of network virtualization. It has successfully deployed virtualized solutions with many world-leading Tier 1 operators. Openet’s systems have always been open in support of standards, open interfaces and being truly vendor agnostic. For more information, please visit

About Openet OVLM (Openet VNF Lifecycle Manager)

Openet OVLM 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 OVLM has already delivered spectacular 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.  

OVLM provides a multi-tenant and 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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