Network Functions Virtualization

Bring innovative new services to market faster with an agile and programmable telco cloud.

Network Agility. Service Innovation.

Communications Service Providers (CSPs) face exploding network traffic, declining profit margins, over-the-top (OTT) players rolling out new services faster and consumers constantly expecting more. Hewlett Packard Enterprise OpenNFV helps CSPs thrive in this increasingly fast-paced environment by accelerating the journey from old-school networks built on monolithic, proprietary appliances to more agile cloud networks enabled by Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).


You can move to a virtualized network and instantly add capacity and manage the entire network from a single, unified control application. Finally, you can achieve true agility in network configuration and management.

Our management and orchestration (MANO), operations support system (OSS), and business support system (BSS) solutions build the bridge from your current infrastructure to NFV.


Our NFV solution is based on CSP-defined ETSI standards and built on open-source architecture that helps minimize your capital and operating expenditures.

HPE OpenNFV Partner Program opens access to applications that best serve your customers. Our five worldwide labs accelerate the design-to-deployment cycle while lowering risk through interoperability testing.

Carrier Grade

With HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade as a foundation, you can count on always-on availability, reliability and performance. Our vast IT and cloud expertise, and carrier-grade capabilities will ease your transition to the new business of the network where, as a CSP, you have control to make the choices you want, for the network you need.

More Than 60 NFV Proof of Concept Projects

Hewlett Packard Enterprise has been active in developing standards that help CSPs speed service development and delivery. To date, ETSI has approved nine HPE Proofs of Concept and the OpenNFV team is working with CSP customers and NEP partners on over 40 others. Prodip Sen, our chief technology officer for NFV, serves as chairman of the OPNFV committee. HPE Distinguished Technologist Marie-Paul Odini services as vice-chair of ETSI. And Sarwar Raza, our vice president for NFV product management, sits on the board of the OpenDaylight initiative.

Hewlett Packard Enterprise NFV Portfolio

Your pathway to service virtualization.

HPE NFV System Family

HPE NFV System Family

Pre-integrated kits include HPE NFV Starter Kit, HPE Compute Kit, HPE Control Kit, HPE Storage Kit and HPE NFV Director—all based on the HPE OpenNFV reference architecture.

HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade

HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade

Building next-generation networks is easier thanks to the performance and reliability of this virtual infrastructure manager.

HPE NFV Director 3.0

HPE NFV Director 3.0

Get management, orchestration, and analytics capabilities that enhance the flexibility and scalability of current CSP operations support systems

HPE Carrier SDN

HPE Carrier SDN

Operationalize your NFV solution with our Carrier SDN solution that drives programmability and agility in the network.

Operations Support System

Operations Support System

Move into the virtualization era with confidence—meet the operational challenges of NFV with HPE’s approach, bridging old and new, to enable a successful NFV transformation.

OpenNFV Architecture

We deliver the industry’s most open, end-to-end, carrier-grade Telco Cloud backbone. Based on the ETSI reference architecture, OpenNFV leverages Open Source technology, and includes NFV infrastructure and virtual infrastructure manager, software defined networking (SDN), and OSS and orchestration capabilities. HPE and partner VNFs are validated on our reference architecture to provide a large partner ecosystem, and agility, speed and time-to-market advantages for launching new services—fulfilling the NFV promise.

HPE OpenNFV Partners and Labs

Build your NFV proof of concept and path to deployment with reputable network equipment providers, independent software vendors and system integrators. The HPE OpenNFV Partner program integrates best-in-class third-party technologies and gives you the freedom to choose the best applications to serve your customers. And, HPE OpenNFV Labs ensures those applications are tested and validated on our reference architecture—and ready to deploy in carrier networks.

A Transformation Story: The Journey to Network Functions Virtualization

Learn about our approach to NFV and see how we work with customers to help create a more agile, flexible, revenue-generating network.


White Paper : HPE NFV System Family

White Paper

Deploy NFV solutions—pre-configured and optimized for telco applications—that are open, simple to deploy, simple to operate and simple to support.

Solution Brief : HPE Carrier SDN Solution: ContexNet

Solution Brief

HPE ContexNet is an OpenDaylight-based carrier-grade distributed software-defined-networking (SDN) fabric that leverages proven virtualization and grid-computing technologies.

Solution Brief : HPE Carrier SDN Solution: ContexWare

Solution Brief

A comprehensive set of functions that enable operators to optimize network performance, generate revenue and deliver a high quality experience.

Brochure : The New Business of the Network


Bring innovative new services to market faster with an agile and programmable telco cloud.

White Paper : HPE Helion OpenStack Carrier Grade

White Paper

How communications service providers can deploy NFV applications on open source software platforms.

White Paper : HPE Network Functions Virtualization

White Paper

See the HPE roadmap to NFV and how adopting NFV reduces cost and creates an environment for major innovation—and gaining a competitive edge.

Solution Brief : HPE Network Functions Virtualization Use Cases: Proof of Concept Projects

Solution Brief

Hewlett Packard Enterprise is actively involved in more than 60 proof-of-concept (PoC) projects around the world.

White Paper : The Right Server for NFV

White Paper

Learn what you need to succeed with network functions virtualization.