NICE, France — Here at the TM Forum Live conference, NEC and Netcracker Technology today launched the Agile Virtual Platform (AVP), a sprawling network functions virtualization (NFV) platform designed to help service providers build and manage new services based on emerging virtualization technology. You could call it NFV as a service — with some DevOps thrown in for good measure. (Note: Netcracker is the U.S.-based subsidiary of Japanese technology giant NEC.)
In a world of plentiful OpenStack offerings and NFV orchestrators, NEC/Netcracker looks to differentiate by “filling the gaps” in NFV, for example by providing integration with operations support systems (OSSs) and business support systems (BSSs). The platform also promises to deliver tools that enable technology vendors and service providers to collaborate on application and service design using a DevOps model.