SDxCentral Survey: vCPE seen as primary usage of NFV

Communication service providers (CSPs) believe that the primary use cases for network function virtualization (NFV) will involve virtual customer premise equipment (vCPE), according to a survey conducted by research company SDxCentral.

The survey of 159 networking professionals was included in a new report, entitled “Powering NFV – Virtual Network Functions (VNFs)“. The report indicates that 80 percent of respondents expect that vCPE will be the primary use, while 60% think it will be virtualized mobile cores. Other uses include IoT deployments (44%) service chaining within a Gi or SGi LAN (42%) and 5G networking infrastructure (40%).

SDxCentral NFV Survey

SDxCentral analysts said the real issue will ultimately be the degree to which networking shifts from something deployed and managed by internal IT organizations to service providers.

They noted that while service providers account for a large segment of the networking services consumed, there are still thousands of enterprise IT organizations buying everything from routers and switches to security appliances.

The report indicated that CSPs continue to invest in virtualization of their network infrastructure, laying the groundwork for 5G and IoT (Internet of things) services.

To realize the dream of decoupling network services from proprietary hardware, and deploying networking components supported by a fully virtualized infrastructure, CSPs have been pushing vendors to disaggregate specialized networking equipment in favor of open architectures.

One of the products featured in the report is Telco Systems vRouter (virtual router) application, which provides Layer3 routing functionality as a service at the service provider network edge.

vRouter, part of the Telco Systems’ CloudMetro distributed network function virtualization (D-NFV) product family applications, enables to quickly deliver the required routing functionality by business customers and eliminate the need to deploy additional hardware at the customer premises.

Moreover, the report states that Telco Systems provides complete solutions, from demarcation through aggregation, that extend to the edge of the core to ensure that access networks can be easily provisioned and managed.

Additionally, Telco Systems’ innovative solutions for mobile backhaul address challenges relating to synchronization, reliable Multi-CoS and OAM mechanisms.

SDxCentral highlighted the fact that In 2016, Telco Systems completed a series of high profile proof-of-concept (PoC) trials of its Open Metro Edge (OME) solution at a number of Tier 1 CSPs in the United States, Europe and Asia.

During these PoCs, Telco Systems proved that the CloudMetro vCPE platform and its library of VNF applications support the high performance, carrier-grade multiple service chaining requirements of Tier 1 service providers.

Additional resources

To read the full SDxCentral 2017 NFV report click here

To download the vRouter data sheet click here

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