ConteXtream to Showcase SDN-Enabled Virtual EPC at SDN & OpenFlow World Congress

ConteXtream Collaborates with Red Hat to Demonstrate the Benefits of SDN and NFV for Virtual EPC Use Case

Layer123 2014

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--()--ConteXtream, a leading provider of carrier-grade network virtualization solutions, today announced its collaboration with Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source solutions, on a demonstration of SDN-enabled virtual Evolved Packet Core (EPC) use case. Integrating Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform with ConteXtream’s ContexNet, a carrier-grade SDN fabric for NFV, this demonstration will showcase the benefits of SDN-enabling the virtualized EPC in service provider networks. The use case will be showcased during the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress taking place October 14-17 in Dusseldorf, Germany.

“We are always looking for new use cases to maximize the potential for OpenStack in carriers’ SDN and NFV environments. We worked with ConteXtream on virtualization of Gi-LAN as part of the OpenDaylight Project, and now we are collaborating on this new virtual EPC use case”

“We are always looking for new use cases to maximize the potential for OpenStack in carriers’ SDN and NFV environments. We worked with ConteXtream on virtualization of Gi-LAN as part of the OpenDaylight Project, and now we are collaborating on this new virtual EPC use case,” said Chris Wright, technical director, SDN and NFV at Red Hat. “Through our collaboration with ConteXtream, we are aiming to bring more value to our NFV customers.”

The current collaboration between Red Hat and ConteXtream has been designed to enable Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to address various SDN, NFV and network virtualization needs. When used to SDN-enable the virtual EPC, ConteXtream leverages Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform to orchestrate the virtual components resulting in independent scaling of data and control planes, enable selective placement of functions which results in optimized service delivery through active steering of users and efficient traffic anchoring. The end result is a highly efficient, highly scalable carrier-grade infrastructure that is elastic, scalable and self-healing. This marks the second successful collaboration on expanding the use cases for SDN and NFV in service provider environments.

ConteXtream’s ContexNet leverages proven virtualization and grid computing technologies to enable operators to accelerate revenue growth through more rapid testing and introduction of new services or features; utilize local and remote network resources on demand; and reduce CAPEX and OPEX by automating network operations. ContexNet runs on standard, off-the-shelf computing platforms, creating a single, distributed and scalable SDN domain, dynamically linking network functions by steering the right traffic flows to virtual functions in the right sequence. ContexNet is compliant with industry standard-based mechanisms such as OpenFlow, LISP and OpenStack which enable it to fully separate control from forwarding, location from identity, and orchestration from networking.

“Virtualization of EPC is the next step in NFV for mobile carriers. The combined solution SDN-enables the EPC and provides much needed transformation by splitting the data and control planes,” said Ariel Noy, CTO of ConteXtream. “We look forward to continuing to identify new use-cases for NFV in service provider environments that can drive the industry forward and deliver faster, the carrier-grade solutions.”

The virtual EPC use case will be demonstrated at the ConteXtream booth (#15) at the SDN & OpenFlow World Congress 2014, located at the Swissôtel Düsseldorf / Neuss, Rheinallee 1, D-41460 Neuss, Düsseldorf, Germany. Media and analysts interested in a private demo should contact Lisette Rauwendaal at or via phone at +1 (408) 727-0351.

For more information about ConteXtream and ContexNet please visit the company’s website at, or follow the company on LinkedIn or Twitter.

About ConteXtream

ConteXtream is a privately held software-defined-networking (SDN) company that enables carriers to deliver network capacity and functions in the same way cloud providers deliver applications effectively utilizing standard compute and storage. ConteXtream's SDN offering is carrier-grade and enables Network Function Virtualization (NFV) for various solutions deployed on carrier networks. Deployed by Tier-1 operators, ConteXtream's Carrier-SDN dynamically and elastically connects subscribers to services and enables carriers to leverage standard, low-cost server hardware and hypervisors to virtualize functions and services, while replacing costly purpose-built proprietary systems. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., ConteXtream is backed by Benhamou Global Ventures, Gemini Israel Funds, Norwest Venture Partners and Sofinnova Ventures as well as Comcast Ventures and Verizon Investments. For additional information, visit

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