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NEC Corporation and its Indian subsidiary, NEC Technologies India Private Limited (NTI), have set up a center in India dedicated to the support of open source software (OSS).

'The OSS Technology Center aims to strengthen the organizational structure for supporting global enterprises in building systems based on OSS, to reinforce collaboration with international OSS vendors and to provide rapid technical support to users who construct systems operated globally using OSS,' NEC said.

It added: 'Moreover, the new organization will actively carry out development of new network functions related to software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV) and application platform functions, such as container and platform as a service (PaaS), all of which is part of the OSS Technology Centre's OpenStack-based development activities, in addition to its contributions to making source codes openly available by providing them to the OSS community.

'In recent years, the need for enterprises to capitalize on OSS, particularly OpenStack, in cloud computing, big data computing and SDN/NFV, has become increasingly pronounced. Also, in terms of next-generation ICT technologies, there are heightened expectations towards OSS applications in areas related to systems of engagement (SoE) and the Internet of Things (IoT).'

The new organization began operations on July 1 with approximately 50 staff based out of NTI and 'consisting of experienced OSS engineers well-versed in OSS solution architecture and essential software development and support capabilities,' according to NEC

The general manager of NEC's Cloud Platform Division, Nobuhiko Kishinoue, said: ""NEC and NTI will leverage the newly established OSS Technology Center to provide rapid support to users carrying out construction of OSS-based systems on a global scale.""