Posts about Virtual Network Functions

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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Software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) offers enterprise users a way to implement virtual private networks (VPNs) at a much lower cost than today’s operator-managed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) VPNs. However, today’s SD-WAN solutions put the enterprise in charge of all aspects of the network, including local access and backbone transport. That may be too much of a management burden to take on for already-overloaded IT departments ...

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I’m a pretty tall person and a strong non-believer in the one-size-fits-all paradigm. That’s because it’s a compromise and compromises don’t tend to look good, feel good or work well. While it might serve the industry to increase the addressable market with a single product, the user usually doesn’t benefit so much ...

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If you’re a network operator or a service provider, you know that the speed at which data, voice and video traffic is growing will soon swamp your existing network resources. To support that demand, and to continue to grow the network in an efficient way, you must find solutions for preserving spectrum and providing good quality of experience for the end user. But you also know that 5G isn’t far off, so it’s critical to future-proof the network investments you make today ...

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