SDxCentral has issued the second part of the 2016 Mega NFV Report: VNFs, which examines the emerging network function virtualization (NFV) architectures and designs, leading use cases applications, and attempts to identify which virtual network functions (VNFs) are likely to be stand out as the VNF trend gathers momentum.
Though the maturity of current NFV solutions is wide open, the report indicates that the end-user market has embraced the need to move to a software defined model for deploying new network applications, which requires VNFs.
As indicated in Part 1 of this report, customers are evaluating solutions from many vendors and are open to many different NVF products. You can read our take on part 1 of this report in our post: SDxCentral report: NFV market shows great potential, but still in the road to maturity.
While VNF adoption has many benefits such as reduced CapEx and OpEx and flexibility, one area of concern is security. This is particularly sensitive because NFV environments are comprised of multiple vendors.
Organizations must understand the security capabilities offered by each and every component of their NFV deployment to ensure best practices are being followed.
Telco Systems award-winning NFV CyberGuard, profiled in the report, is a cybersecurity solution to protect against inherent SDN and NFV vulnerabilities. Utilizing a four stepcybersecurity process – the NFV CyberGuard solution leverages sophisticated algorithms, probes and big-data analytics to protect NFV and SDN networks from threats. The four steps are: collection, aggregation, detection and action.
The report highlights NFV CyberGuard’s uniqueness as follows:
- NFV CyberGuard is the one of the only cyber-security solution designed specifically to protect SDN and NFV networks.
- NFV CyberGuard is deployed as a NFV at network edge at the closest point to all endpoints providing real-time monitoring and analysis of network threats, complete visibility of the entire network and the ability to apply cyber security policies and efforts to the entire infrastructure.
- NFV CyberGuard includes an open API for integration of external systems and third-party applications and algorithms.
NFV CyberGuard protects NFVI from advanced persistent threats (APTs) such as flooding and direct denial of service (DDoS); from threats to hypervisor/vSwitch appliances on the control plane; and from malware, remote access threats and specific attacks on the application (VMs) plane. In addition, MitB, open source and spoofing attacks pose threats to all open network layers.
Download the 2016 Mega NFV Report Part II: VNFs
Learn more about Telco Systems’ NFV CyberGuard solution
Download the NFV CyberGuard brochure
Download the NFV CyberGuard white paper