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NFV in the News


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.



  • SDN and NFV: The Brains Behind the “Smart” City Daniele Loffreda, State/Local Government, Education & Healthcare Industry Advisor, at Ciena notes thatmajor metropolitan areas and smaller cities…are adopting software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) to deliver the agility and flexibility needed to support adoption of “smart” technologies that enhance the livability, workability and sustainability of their towns.” Read the full article at Network World
  • Getting the Network Up to Speed: The State of Network Appliances Today Dan Joe Barry, Vice President of Marketing at Napatech, notes that virtualization is on the move, and NEPs and CSPs are gearing up for the 100G era. “CSPs forecast 100G data-rate penetration in access networks will grow from 9 percent today to 58 percent by the end of 2018—a mere three years away.” Read the full article at The Data Center Journal
  • IP Network Transformation in the Age of Virtualization Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst at Heavy Reading, prepares white paper to highlight the technological shift CSP are undergoing in one or more parts of the network. Hodges dives deep into “common-ground facets of IP network transformation to provide a complete view of the scope of NFV’s impact on CSP network transformation programs” Read the full article at Heavy Reading



  • SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Market Expected to Grow at CAGR of 60% between 2015 and 2020 “Market Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market will account for nearly $10 Billion in 2015 alone. Despite barriers relating to standardization and co-existence with legacy networks, Market Research estimates further growth at a CAGR of 37% over the next 5 years.” Read the full article at Digital Journal
  • Why Is the NFV Business Case so Hard? Tom Nolle, President and Founder of CIMI Corporation explains why making the business case for NFV is proving to be difficult. Nolle carefully explores three reasons: strategic selling, small thinking, and telling tall tales. Read the full article at No Jitter



  • First-Ever in North America: Neutral Testing Lab for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) to be Launched TheTelecommunications Industry Association (TIA), announced intent to launch a lab for interoperability testing of NFV technology. “The TIA NFV Lab will be North America’s first vendor-neutral test bed for NFV technology. The TIA NFV Lab will fill an increasingly vital need of service providers: ensuring that software and applications running on the network are able to perform as designed and work seamlessly together with other software and applications.” Read the full article at Telecom Reseller
  • NFV & Telco Data Center Servers: Key Considerations & Technologies Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, at Heavy Reading outlines the new requirements that are emerging from telcos as they transition to NFV. “The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG) has published a series of documents that outline its requirements for the infrastructure to support NFV.”
  • OPNFV Wins Hearts, But Faces Challenges Roz Roseboro, Senior Analyst, at Heavy Reading notes that the OPNFV project is generating positive traction on behalf of communication service providers and vendors, but “faces challenges in creating value for the community.” According to survey responses, “OPNFV ranked as the third most important open source initiative, behind only OpenStack and Linux.” Read the full article at Light Reading


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


Learn more at our HPE OpenNFV website, and follow us on Twitter at @HPE_NFV and @HPE_CSP.


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