Posts about Network Functions Virtualization

ADVA Ensemble team members participated in the first ETSI NFV Plugtests™ event sponsored by Telefonica in Madrid earlier this year. More than that – they and the Ensemble MANO and VIM products excelled. Why? A big part of the reason is experience – not just that of ADVA, but of all of the participants ...
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Enterprises are investigating software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) to save networking costs and gain application control. Hoping to increase customer retention, service providers are rolling out managed SD-WAN offerings. These initial service offerings rely on deploying closed and vendor-specific SD-WAN appliances at the customer site ...

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You are probably familiar with network functions virtualization (NFV) and its virtual network functions (VNFs) as a means to provide software replacement of dedicated hardware aka physical network functions (PNF). The ETSI NFV ISG has formally described the NFV architecture and its use cases, highlighting the agility and flexibility of software ...
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Discussions around 5G tend to focus on radio technologies and frequency bands. As with any innovation, the technical aspects are important, but they are a means, not an end. Furthermore, the deployment of 5G will require a tremendous expenditure of time and money. Why will operators invest their precious resources in 5G? ...
 
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The benefits of moving towards a virtualized environment have been well publicized – eliminating vendor dependence and product obsolescence, faster introduction of new products and services, and the creation of a flexible, user-driven, on-demand service delivery environment that enables network functions to be dynamically defined, deployed and reassigned to match and organizations scale, performance and capabilities requirement ...

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