Ex-Cisco execs' NFV start-up opens software

RIFT.io combines open source with ETSI standards under Apache 2.0 for virtualized service development

Network functions virtualization (NFV) start-up RIFT.io, founded by former Cisco executives and engineers, this week announced general availability of a new release of its network service virtualization software. RIFT.ware 4.1 is an open source program for developing, deploying, managing and orchestrating virtual network functions (VNFs).

RIFT.io software is designed to allow enterprises to deploy virtualized network services on private and hybrid clouds, and aid in service providers' efforts to deploy NFV-enabled virtualized networks. Combining open source with industry standards reduces the time and cost associated with VNF development, RIFT.io says.

RIFT.ware 4.1 is compliant with ETSI standards, and making the software available as an open source project offers opportunities to accelerate development of VNFs, encourage innovation, and spur market adoption of virtualized network services, the company says. RIFT.ware 4.1 is being released Feb. 29 under Apache Public License 2.0 to enterprise and service provider customers, partners, and other SDN/NFV vendors.

RIFT.io is also announcing the availability of the commercial version of RIFT.ware 4.1, which includes support and maintenance from the company.

RIFT.ware 4.1 is be available for download at www.riftio.com. Its predecessor, RIFT.ware 4.0, has been available for download as part of the early adopter program since December, 2015, for trials, proofs of concept and lab testing.

RIFT.io was founded in 2013. It employs 61 and investors include Intel and North Bridge Venture Partners. The company raised $16 million in Series A funding last summer.

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