As I've listened to our many customers over the past few years worrying about maintaining competitiveness by deploying different technologies and approaches, the need for using the cloud has increasingly become obvious. Carriers have seen mobile data explode and it's clear they need to add more capacity, faster, and at a lower cost, just to keep up.
I believe Network Functions Virtualisation (NFV) is the antidote. It offers the ability to lower CapEx and OpEx, shorten time to market for services, scale up and down as needed and an easier, less-risky way to test and deploy new offerings.
The predictions for where NFV is going are staggering. One report said the
global market for NFV
will grow at a CAGR of 83.1% between 2015 and 2020, reaching $8.7 billion by the end of that time.* The networking revolution ushered in by NFV is all about greater agility for the companies in the industry and better service for users.
We're doing our part to support our network operator customers with our new virtualised platforms and services. And now I'm proud to say that we've just begun officially delivering our core technology products as virtualised network functions. Here are some key elements of our NFV approach:
- Hypervisors - Initially we have qualified our software in an OpenStack/KVM environment based on RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Support for VMware is on the roadmap.
- Containers - We've verified our virtualised network functions in a containers environment as well.
- Bare metal - As always we will continue to deliver our software products on a range of pre-qualified x86 servers, and can adapt to specific vendor/brands to meet individual network requirements.
The primary aim of NFV is to leverage standard IT virtualisation technology in order to consolidate multiple network functions onto industry standard, high-volume servers, switches and storage sub-systems. This evolution to cloud architectures and managed services will transform the economics of networking for service providers and vendors alike. Being at the forefront of this shift and offering products to make our customers more successful is part of our ongoing commitment to stay innovative.
Giving our customers flexibility in building their networks (traditional or NFV) or the option to outsource the operations into the cloud (SaaS) ensures that Accuris Networks is a key partner in connecting networks. If you are interested in hearing how, with leading service providers, to deliver cloud and NFV systems, contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I can tell you more.
Links to additional NFV information
- ETSI NFV Whitepaper-v3
- AT&Ts Domain 2.0 Vison Whitepaper
- NFV Overview from 6Wind
- Telefonica CTO interview on NFV