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NFV in the News

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The rapidly evolving Network Functions Virtualization space seems to be changing daily.  The leading industry publications are doing a great job of helping the market understand what it means to virtualize networks and functions. But with news available in all corners of the web, we thought we’d make it easier on you and pull together a collection of viewpoints/news/update/announcements from many different sources.

 

Technology

  • Getting to NFV Everywhere: Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief at Light Reading notes that a true sign of maturing technology is witnessed when “users talk less about blue-sky promises, and more about implementation challenges and how to solve them…That's true for NFV. Network operators are implementing NFV in real life, and vendors are shipping products. They've got the knuckle-scrapes and bruises to show for it.” Read more at Light Reading
  • Carrier-Grade OpenStack: Requirements for Managing the NFV Infrastructure: “Time and again, service agility heads the list of drivers operators cite for network functions virtualization (NFV) adoption. Operators want to be able to deliver services significantly faster and with greater flexibility with regard to their location, cost and service-level agreements (SLAs).” Read the full article
  • Telefonica Takes NFV Tu Go: Telefonica is looking to network virtualization to fuel growth for its Tu Go mobile offering, which allows customers to access GSM services through broadband connections. Running on a smartphone, the Tu Go application and underlying service lets customers who are out of range of a cell tower make calls and access other services by taking advantage of available WiFi connections. Read the full article

 

Business

  • The SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Bible 2014 to 2020: Jack Debolt, Analyst at Market Research Store offers an in-depth assessment of the global SDN, NFV and network virtualization market. According to Debolt, “SNS Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market will account for nearly $4 Billion in 2014 alone. Despite barriers relating to standardization and co-existence with legacy networks, SNS Research estimates further growth at a CAGR of nearly 60% over the next 6 years.” Read more at Low Carbon Economy
  • Why You Should Care About NFV: According to John Fruehe, Senior Analyst for Networking and Servers at Moor Insights & Strategy, major companies are investing effort into Network Functions Virtualization technology. “NFV is carrier-driven, not customer-driven, and these vendors see a nearer term revenue opportunity for NFV.” Frueche recommends businesses engage “with their carriers to better understand their carrier plans around NFV.Read more at Forbes
  • HP’s 2Q15 Revenue Growth in Networking Unit Driven by Aruba Acquisition: Networking sales grow through Aruba Networks acquisition as HP continues investments in key initiatives such as NFV and SDN. Also, HP’s large-scale NFV contract with Telefonica boosts the company’s standing in virtualization. Read more at TBR Newsroom

 

Standards

  • NFV Calling Telecom: According to Keshab Panda, ”Many service providers, telecom equipment manufacturers – all part of an emerging NFV ecosystem – have announced proof of concepts, live trials, and commercial products embracing the NFV vision.” Dr. Panda shares that ETSI is now in the midst of defining proofs of concept (PoC) “to test many hypotheses surrounding its various elements, with the active participation of organizations around the world.” Read more at Voice & Data
  • PoCs Pave the Way for NFV: Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief at Light Reading highlights recent developments to ETSI: The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) developed the Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Proof of Concept (PoC) Framework to coordinate multivendor PoCs, with the goal of building awareness and confidence in NFV technology and developing an open ecosystem for NFV.” Read more at Light Reading

 

Let us know if we missed something important, and join the conversation in the comments of this post or on Twitter using #OpenNFV.

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