Three tips for making NFV a reality in 2016

The outgoing 2015 was a year of transition for network-function virtualization (NFV) deployment. It was a year in which carriers were looking for a proof of concept and initial commercial deployment. In 2016, this trend is expected to intensify further, and NFV will be deployed live and in projects such as vCPE and vEPC. Communication service providers (CSPs) must therefore address the challenges neglected so far. Some of these challenges include security, performance, return on investment (ROI), carrier-grade and interoperability with existing networks, Operational Support Systems (OSS) and Business Support…

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How Virtualizing security can protect SDN and NFV networks from cyber attacks

Telecommunications operators and similar communications service providers are excited about the opportunities that Software Defined Networks (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) promise to provide. SDN and NFV technologies and their ability to improve network versatility, reduce operational costs and create new business opportunities are attracting significant interest from service providers of all sizes and in all regions around the world. Although the operational use of SDN and NFV is still in early stages, most service providers are currently formulating their strategies for deploying these technologies and many are conducting…

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The next step: orchestrating the virtualized telecom network

One of the major topics generating big buzz in the telecom industry is the concept of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) with its promise to deliver flexibility, lower operating costs and new revenue streams to network operators and communications service providers (CSPs). The irresistible trend toward NFV introduces new challenges and requires adaptation on the part of telecom vendors and operators alike. Evolving Network Management Until the NFV “revolution”, the classic NMS/OSS FCAPS-based model was the standard for network supervision. Vendors who were early to adopt the NFV concept were able…

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