Enea's strategic direction is the Carrier-Grade Open Source Network Operating System (COSNOS) which is a system wide software platform for next generation network nodes and functions.
The scope of the Enea COSNOS incorporates all aspects of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) and can consist of everything but the application itself, including operating systems, middleware, and necessary open source building blocks from industry collaboration projects (OPNFV, OpenDataPlane, OpenStack, OpenFlow, Open vSwitch).
First-hand alternative for ARM-based solutions
Enea is a truly independent software vendor with extensive involvement in the open source community, and has taken an active role evolving networking centric functionality in the ARM ecosystem - both as kernel maintainer in the Linaro Networking Group (LNG) and contributor to the OpenDataPlane (ODP) initiative.
In collaboration with ARM, Enea brings new architectural choice to the NFV space with the availability of ARM-based reference builds based on the OPNFV integration project. It is integrated, stabilized, tested, and supported by Enea, delivering the NFV vision across a wide range ARM networking SoCs from AMD, Cavium, Freescale and others.
Enea strives to be a first-hand alternative for ARM-based solutions, with the OPNFV implementation, data-plane expertise (ODP) and a completely open and agnostic embedded Linux solution. Together with a long track record of leading solutions for the real-time domain, Enea is primarily set to advance the businesses of Operators, Telecom Equipment Manufacturers and suppliers of Virtualized Network Functions.
Bringing architectural choice to the NFV space
Enea assists customers and partners with OPNFV-compliant environments and solutions. Enea’s intention is to contribute to the OPNFV project and upstream key parts of this work. With these solutions, Enea provides true choice for customers and users. As an independent software vendor, customers have often relied on Enea to guarantee hardware independence. By delivering OPNFV-compliant environments across multiple hardware platforms, Enea continue to offer that advantage.
Enea also offers the same degree of independence on the software side. Enea already supports both Enea Linux as well as major 3rd party Linux distributions. As a committed member of the Yocto project, Enea will continue to contribute to the Linux community - the CGL layer (Carrier Grade Linux) for the OpenEmbedded/Yocto project being the latest example.
Commercial products providing real value to OPNFV, SDN/NFV deployments
In addition to having the capability to provide commercial support, Enea has other standards based commercial products that provide real value to OPNFV, SDN/NFV deployments:
- VNF applications that must be highly available and managed as well as critical applications including those being deployed in the connectivity space can all take advantage of these products and their features. The Enea Element Carrier Grade Middleware product family can provide High Availability and Device Management for both virtual OS infrastructure as well as applications including VNF’s. The Middleware is based on open standards including Netconf and Yang for device management and SAF/AMF for High Availability. Enea has the only commercial grade ‘device management’ product that can be configured natively for HA.
- Enea Linux provides an excellent option for a virtual instance hosting VNF applications. As a member of the Yocto project, Enea has up-streamed many fixes along with the "ptest" package test facility. Enea has also provided its Linux IPC messaging layer, Enea LINX, as a Linux open source project
Enea has a strong history of supporting silicon for telecom applications and deployments with the commercial capability of providing support, services and value add software.