HP acquires ConteXtream to grow cloud services for CSPs

ConteXtream makes software-defined networking (SDN) and network-function virtualization (NFV) software for communication service providers.

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HP announced Tuesday that it has acquired ConteXtream, a Mountain View, Calif.-based startup that makes software-defined networking (SDN) and network-function virtualization (NFV) software. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

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ConteXtream's technology, which is based on the open source project OpenDaylight, enables carriers to leverage their existing server hardware to virtualize functions and services for subscribers.

According to a blog post announcing the deal, ConteXtream is used by "a number of major networks across the globe."

In February the company joined the HP OpenNFV Partner Program, where its SDN fabric was integrated with HP's NFV software portfolio, including NFV Director and HP Helion OpenStack. But with the acquisition, it looks like HP wants make that relationship even tighter.

HP says it plans to use ConteXtream as a way to increase it involvement with and contributions toward the OpenDaylight community, with the goal of accelerating the delivery of an open source-based, carrier-grade SDN controller.

Once the deal is finalized, ConteXtream will become part of HP's Communications Solutions Business, with its co-founder and CEO Nachman Shelef reporting to Saar Gillai, SVP and GM of HP's network function virtualization unit.

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