Network Functions Virtualization Articles

NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: More Product Launches & German Transportation Firm Taps IBM
Suppliers can introduce an array of new products and partnerships, but things really get interesting is when clients put those solutions into action, so we'll start there with our NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review this week. - 10/25/2014

Hetnet's New Network Management Software Brings Together the Old and the New
Hetnet Software is yet the latest company to unveil a product that enables service providers to do network management across physical and virtual, and legacy and next-generation environments. The new software is called HetnetPM. - 10/23/2014

QualiSystems, Empowerd Networks Team Up to Test Automation and NFV Solutions
Automation solutions expert QualiSystems made the official announcement this Tuesday that it would be forming a partnership with Empowered Networks, a Canadian Systems Integrator that develops network services for data centers and laboratories across… - 10/22/2014

Luxoft Launches NFV Orchestrator SuperCloud
Luxoft Holding, Inc., a provider of software development services, has announced the launch of SuperCloud, a Network Function Virtualization (NFV) orchestration platform designed to transform traditional network services infrastructure into NFV. - 10/20/2014

NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: New Solutions, More Proof Points Reinforce the Potential for Widespread Adoption of These Technologies
The hits just keep coming for network functions virtualization and software-defined networking. And I mean that in a good way. - 10/18/2014

Dialogic and Novacap TMT Arrive at Definitive Merger Agreement
Dialogic Inc. and Novacap TMT, an investment fund focused on technology, media and telecommunications and part of Canadian private equity firm Novacap Group, have arrived at a definitive merger agreement that will enable Novacap to buy Dialogic. - 10/17/2014

SDN, NFV Gains Traction for Small Cell Backhaul
Respondents suggest they might shift as much as 20 percent of backhaul traffic from the macrocell network to small cells of some type by 2018. And it is those new network elements where one might expect SDN or NFV deployments to happen, as adoption w… - 10/16/2014

Telco Systems Introduces Virtualized Firewall and Router TelcoApps
The vFirewall application leverages Check Point firewall and security technology to allow service providers to centrally manage and create vFirewall instances as needed. It enables service providers to sell this capability as a service as well. - 10/15/2014

Dell Announces NFV Platform, Starter Kits
Dell has introduced Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and starter kits for telecommunications carriers. - 10/15/2014

Amdocs Intros NFV Orchestrator, Aligns Policy Solution with ETSI Work
We've long been hearing from telecom equipment and software companies about the need for facilities-based service providers to better monetize their assets. - 10/15/2014

Brocade, VMware Join Forces on Network Virtualization, Software-Defined Data Center
Two of the biggest movers and shakers on the software-defined networking and virtualization front have come together to address network virtualization and the software-defined data center. Brocade and VMware today announced a collaboration to enable … - 10/14/2014

Penguin to Resell Midokura OpenStack Solution
Penguin Computing has forged a deal to resell Midokura's network virtualization solution in North America. - 10/07/2014

Application Identification Meets Network Functions Virtualization
There is a great deal of talk about Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) today. This article will provide a high-level overview on virtualization, then address several implications of NFV via a question-and-answer format, and how application identi… - 10/07/2014

NetNumber Joins Intel Network Builders Program
NetNumber is now a member of the Intel Network Builders program, which aims to help create an environment that encourages further adoption of network functions virtualization and software-defined networking solutions. More specifically, the Intel Net… - 10/07/2014

Allot Communications Demos Virtualized Traffic Detection Function
Some of the world's large wireless communications infrastructure providers, such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and NEC, have recently announced virtualized versions of their Evolved Packet Core solutions, some of which are now in carrier trials and a … - 10/06/2014

NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: Cisco, Compass-EOS, Many Others Unveil New Offerings
Product introductions are coming fast and furious in a NFV and SDN realms as of late. - 10/04/2014

Sonus Takes Diameter, Policy & Routing Solutions Virtual
Sonus says it is the first to market with a virtualized Diameter solution. The Diameter solution is based on the technology Sonus got via its February acquisition of Performance Technologies. - 10/02/2014

Cisco Adds Cloud VPN and Security Services to Evolved Services Platform for Service Provider
Features of the new security solution include nonstop, real-time monitoring for preventing malware, attacks and worms. The service supports event management through advanced monitoring as well as identification, alerts and issue mitigation and the ab… - 09/30/2014

Radisys Introduces New Platforms to Improve SDN and NFV Deployments
As more consumers and organizations continue to migrate to the cloud, the CapEx and OpEx for data centers are getting higher. Center operators are doing all they can to improve the efficiency across the board and save money wherever they can. This in… - 09/29/2014

NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: AT&T, Other Service Providers Move Forward with SDN
The biggest news on the SDN frontier in the past few days is AT&T's pronouncement that it will go commercial with its Network On Demand SDN solution starting this year. - 09/27/2014

Carriers Embrace NFV, SDN for Network Agility, Ammo to Address OTT Threat
Carriers are scrambling as they see over-the-top services such as Skype and WhatsApp eating into their revenues. Indeed, OTT players have captured 30 percent of voice traffic in seven years, and now service provider voice growth is around 3 percent p… - 09/26/2014

Czech Cloud Company Employs Juniper Contrail
Czech Republic-based cloud computing company tcp cloud is using Juniper networks' Contrail controller to automate and do orchestration of its network, which includes physical and virtual network elements and embraces the software-defined network visi… - 09/23/2014

Telecom Announces On-demand Software-Defined Networking System
A pilot program for Network on Demand has been operating at the University of Texas at Austin since June. By the end of this year, AT&T says, it will be rolling out the service for companies within Austin, and it intends to follow up that rollout wit… - 09/22/2014

NFV & SDN Zone Week in Review: Brocade Buys Vistapointe, NTT Powers Honda Network
This week NFV and SDN saw Brocade purchase Vistapointe, Honda Motor Co. tap NTT, and Telefonica reveal an R&D effort with Cisco. Here's a quick rundown of some of the details. - 09/20/2014

Brocade Acquires Network Visibility, Analytics Technology Assets from Vistapointe
Brocade has acquired Vistapointe visibility and analytics solutions for mobile network operators in an all cash transaction. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. - 09/16/2014

Kontron Now Part of Wind River Titanium Cloud NFV Ecosystem
Whenever a new solution is introduced in the marketplace, organizations that use the technology establish standards for best practices to ensure it is being delivered properly. Wind River provides a commercial network functions virtualization (NFV) s… - 09/16/2014

Week in Review: Nokia, Radisys Help Keep NFV, SDN Momentum Going
The service provider market is also embracing network functions virtualization and SDN in a real way, as noted last month by Infonetics. Up to three quarters of the operators participating in the recent Infonetics routing study expressed plans to mov… - 09/13/2014

Radisys Introduces Intel Xeon-based SDN, NFV Hardware
Radisys Corporation has announced a couple of new Intel Xeon-based products for software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) applications. - 09/09/2014

Software Driving Cellular Improvements
If last week's buzz out of IFA was "new mobile hardware," the word this week at CTIA has to be software, software, software. More specifically, software leveraging the increasing power of smartphones to simplify devices and improve network performanc… - 09/09/2014

Nokia Networks to Launch First Cloud-based VoLTE Platform
Nokia Networks has announced plans to deliver the first commercial "carrier-grade" telco cloud. The company stated the launch will utilize network function virtualization (NFV) to function as a voice over LTE (VoLTE) platform. - 09/08/2014

Nokia Expands Telco Cloud with VoLTE, Orchestrator, More
Nokia, which has issued a flurry of announcements leading up to next week's CTIA event, today came out with four more news items - all of which relate to its Telco Cloud strategy. - 09/04/2014

NTT Continues Path of U.S. Expansion
That would seem to include NTT Communications Corp.'s October 2013 $350 million investment for an 80 percent stake in RagingWire Data Centers. That deal, NTT Com disclosed, more than doubled NTT Com's data center space in the U.S. - 09/03/2014

EXFO Address Cloud, Virtualization with Xtract
Just a month after unveiling an infrastructure performance suite addressing visibility for virtualization, EXFO Inc. has unveiled another solution to help network operators manage their networks in the age of the cloud and virtualization. - 08/28/2014

Active Broadband Networks Introduces SDN-based Broadband Gateway
The new Software-Defined Broadband Network Gateway from Active Broadband Networks promises to "dramatically reduce" the cost and complexity of broadband service delivery. - 08/28/2014

Getting Visibility into Software-based, Virtual Networks
Customer experience. Network functions virtualization. Software-defined networking. These are some of the buzzwords and hot new technologies we keep hearing about. - 08/27/2014

New cPacket Solution Addresses Both the Physical and the Virtual
The introduction of virtualization within networks promises new agility and more functionality at lower costs, but it can also create new challenges in terms of network visibility and control. - 08/21/2014

RAD Powers Utilities with NFV
Placing VNFs at the customer edge, he adds, facilitates effective ramp-up of NFV solutions with a center-less NFV approach that requires a minimum upfront investment and risk. - 08/21/2014

Telefonica, Brocade See What's Possible with NFV
Telefonica and Brocade are working together to create network functions virtualization deployment and performance benchmarks following the service provider's tests of the vendor's solutions, which altered the carrier's view - in a good way - of what … - 08/20/2014

New IDC Forecast Sees a Global Increase in Communications Processor Revenues
Communication processors are processors optimized specifically to support communication systems. Based on the system, whether it is wired or wireless, they exist in a wide variety of forms on the physical layer, the medium, access, control layer, or … - 08/15/2014

OpenDaylight Means Opening SDN and NFV for Business
As ITEXPO came to a close in Las Vegas this week, it seemed like a good idea to pick up on what I saw at the start of the show as a powerful theme that is sweeping virtually (literally and figuratively) almost every aspect of ICT as we move to an inc… - 08/15/2014

The Ultimate Software Race: How Can Providers Reach the Finish Line?
A huge barrier to achieving software telecommunications is the support of providers' existing infrastructure, especially at the edge of the network. We're entering a new age of innovative and compelling infrastructure, and one that many providers are… - 08/13/2014

Three Best Practices for Building a Network DevOps for SDN, NFV
Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) require service providers to rethink the notion of network engineering. Traditional network engineering processes are a bit stiff while SDN and NFV call for a more agile for… - 08/13/2014

One Company's View for the Future of the Data Center
Today's data centers are expanding, with rapid growth driving a transformation in network infrastructure that includes more equipment and switches. That is a model, however, that M.H. Raza-CEO of a startup currently in "stealth mode" called Fiber Mou… - 08/12/2014

GENBAND Expands NFV Efforts by Joining Intel Ecosystem
GENBAND has come aboard the Intel Network Builders program, an effort to help network functions virtualization and software-defined networking continue to move forward. - 08/05/2014

Brocade Receives Honors from Infonetics, Internet Telephony Magazine
Networking solutions company Brocade announced recently that it has received recognition from both Infonetics Research and Internet Telephony Magazine for its contributions to the market segments of enterprise networking and network functions virtual… - 08/04/2014

Software Telco Congress Speaker Discusses UC Trends
The convergence of cloud computing resources, network functions virtualization, and the introduction of important new tools like Microsoft Lync are propelling UC forward and creating new opportunities for the unified communications ecosystem. - 08/01/2014

Software Telco Congress Speaker Discusses Enterprise Communications
The convergence of cloud computing resources, network functions virtualization, and the introduction of important new tools like Microsoft Lync are propelling UC forward and creating new opportunities for the unified communications ecosystem. - 07/31/2014

ZyXEL Announces New GS2210 Series Gigabit Layer 2 Switches
Secure broadband networking solutions manufacturer, ZyXEL, announced this week its new GS2210 Series Gigabit Layer 2 Switches. - 07/30/2014

IDC: Carrier-Focused Network Virtualization is Under Way
We've heard it before, but in case there's any doubt: International Data Corp. today noted that network virtualization is reshaping the telecommunications ecosystem and transforming the culture and operational structure of this industry's networks an… - 07/28/2014

Radisys Noted as NFV Pioneer
Radisys has received INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine's NFV Pioneer Award for its innovation related to the T-Series T40 Ultra Platform. - 07/25/2014

Juniper Divests Junos Pulse in Latest Move to Refocus Its Efforts
Juniper Networks this week revealed a deal to sell its Junos Pulse line. Siri Capital is the buyer, which plans to purchase the security assets for $250 million. - 07/24/2014

New Report: NFV, SDN, Wireless Infrastructure to Be Worth $5B by 2020
A new study from ReportsnReports.com forecasts that the NFV, SDN and wireless network infrastructure market will reach $5 billion by the turn of the decade, driven by rising global wireless capital expenditures and growing demand for high-speed mobil… - 07/24/2014

EXFO Unveils New BrixNGN Infrastructure Performance Suite
Wireless telecommunications provider, EXFO Inc., recently launched its new BrixNGN Infrastructure Performance Suite. - 07/21/2014

ASOCS, Wind River Partner to Popularize Virtual Base Stations
ASOCS sells virtual base stations, while Wind River provides software for intelligent connected systems. By coming together, the two companies hope to make virtual base stations faster to deploy and more reliable, which they believe will make adoptio… - 07/17/2014

EXFO's New Solution Addresses Visibility for Virtualization
Virtualization and software-defined networking can allow for great new flexibility and savings in addressing workflows. At the same time, they can present challenges in network management, given that network assets and services are no longer fixed, b… - 07/16/2014

IBM Introduces Elastic Storage as a Service Offering
IBM today launched a cloud-based, software-defined storage service, which is priced starting at $13,735 per 100 TB per month. - 07/15/2014

NFV Week in Review
Network functions virtualization, which some see as a stepping stone to software-defined networking, appears to be seeing respectable uptake by network operators and their suppliers, as reflected by several announcements this week. - 07/12/2014

Sandvine: Many Carriers Are Using Our Virtualized Solution
Multiple leading communications service providers around the world are now using the virtualized version of the Sandvine broadband platform, according to the company. - 07/11/2014

IT Networks in the Middle East - 4 Reasons to Say Goodbye to the Status Quo
A new infrastructure model must not only deliver the benefits of SDN and NFV, but also support legacy hardware. This is the promise of Ethernet fabrics. - 07/09/2014

Mavenir Hawks the Benefits of VoLTE
The past couple of months have seen an array of cellular service providers do initial rollouts of and announce soon-to-come voice over LTE services. But, as you may remember, Metro PCS introduced VoLTE way back in 2012. - 07/08/2014

SDN and NFV Dominate Big Telecom Event
Although people sometimes use software defined networking and network function virtualization in the same breath, these are actually two separate but interrelated concepts. SDN pulls the control plane out of network devices, enabling more centralized… - 06/23/2014

Cellco Mtel Affirms vEPC Trial Went Well
Bulgarian mobile service provider Mtel has deemed its trial of Affirmed Networks' virtualized evolved packet core solution a success. A Telekom Austria Group subsidiary, Mtel services more than 4.2 million customers. - 06/19/2014

Juniper Announces Telecom Italia is Trialing its NFV/SDN Solution
Telecom Italia has tapped Juniper Networks to supply its MX Series 3D Universal Edge Routers for use at the carrier's service points of presence. The deployment also involves the service provider trying out the vendor's Contrail SDN and NFV controlle… - 06/19/2014

Telco Systems Details Its NFV, SDN Strategy
Telco Systems is expanding its portfolio, and moving into network functions virtualization and software-defined networking, with the introduction of CloudMetro distributed NFV demarcation and aggregation products, TelcoApps software network applicati… - 06/18/2014

Huawei Offers NFV, SDN Status Update
Huawei, which Current Analysis rates as a top network functions virtualization and software-based networking supplier, this week is offering an update on its NFV and SDN activities. - 06/17/2014

Wheelings & Dealings: Cisco to Acquire Swedish Network Service Orchestration Company Tail-f Systems
Cisco has made the next major move in its cloud virtualization strategy, announcing plans to acquire Swedish network service orchestration company Tail-f Systems for around $175 million. The company will add an OSS component to Cisco's cloud and virt… - 06/17/2014

HP Helion Network Launched to Benefit Service Providers, Technology Partners
HP recently launched the Helion Network, and is looking for partners and participants in its channel network. By using HP's OpenStack Helion Cloud platform, cloud services will be connected with developers, independent software vendors, system integr… - 06/13/2014

Overture Unveiling New NFV Platform for the Service Edge
Overture will be unveiling their newest addition to their product family at the Big Telecom Event going on between June 17 and 18. The newest addition, an open carrier ethernet platform called the 65 Virtual Service Edge (65vSE) was announced on June… - 06/13/2014

Fortinet, Certes Join Blue Orbit SDN & NFV Ecosystem
Certes, a provider of multiple-layer encryption solutions for networks, and Fortinet, a high-performance network security company, have joined Blue Orbit. - 06/13/2014

Brocade Vyatta Offers up new Capability for Cloud, Telecom Providers
Recently, Brocade unveiled both a new product and the first step in a much larger-scale venture. Specifically, Brocade brought out the Brocade Vyatta Platform, a platform that was likely to serve as a way to put a lot of extra power in the hands of b… - 06/11/2014

COMLINK Chooses ECI Telecom to Power Broadband Services Network
ECI Telecom Ltd is a company that was founded as the Electronics Corporation of Israel in 1961 for the purpose of manufacturing advanced electronic equipment. It has since become a telecommunication networking product provider headquartered in Petah … - 06/11/2014

SDN and NFV Will Greatly Impact Security Investment
Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Visualization (NFV) will drive changes in data security investment, according to a new report from Infonetics Research. - 06/11/2014

Ericsson's Carrier-Grade Server Plan may Have the Solution for Virtualization Load
These days, software seems to be the focus of a lot of companies. Not without reason, either; more and more functions of a business can be reduced to software programs, some of which don't even need to be kept on the premises. Hosted Internet protoco… - 06/10/2014

OpenDaylight Project Gets Three New Members
Extreme Networks, Flextronics and Oracle have signed on to become members of the OpenDaylight Project, the group announced today. - 06/05/2014

RAD Edges Out Competitors for NFV Innovation of the Year Award
Founded in 1981, RAD has offered communications service providers state of the art technologies designed to improve performance, quality and speed throughout the years. Most recently, RAD's Distributed Network Functions Virtualization (D-NFV) solutio… - 06/04/2014

Cellwize Promotes the Benefits of Combined Cellco SON, NFV Solutions
A company named Cellwize that caters to mobile network operators today announced that its SON-based solution is now NFV-ready. - 06/03/2014

Russian Telecom Rostelecom now Offering SDN and NFV
Telecom operators around the world are looking for new markets as the saturation point in their home-base inches ever closer to 100 percent. Competing outside their market requires deploying the latest technology while offering better value and compa… - 06/03/2014

NTT Communications Offers Self-Service Cloud Networking Based on NFV
The Japanese telecommunications provider NTT Communications has announced that it is offering the first self-service cloud-based networking services based on network functions virtualization (NFV) technology. - 06/02/2014

Qosmos Joins TMF Catalyst Demo with vDPI Solution
Qosmos next month at TM Forum Live will be part of a CloudNFV demonstration of dynamic, data-driven management and operations. - 05/30/2014

Ovum's Sapien Comments on NTT Com's NFV, SDN News
NTT Communications Group yesterday announced the global availability of NFV- and SDN-based services, offered under the name of Arcstar Universal One. During a midnight press conference from Japan, company management said the Virtela-powered services … - 05/30/2014

NTT Communications Takes Customer-Configured, NFV/SDN Services Global
NTT Communications Group today announced that its Arcstar Universal One services, about which TMCnet reported in December , are now available in more than 190 countries. - 05/29/2014

Telefonica Engages Cyan, Red Hat for NFV Lab Work
Cyan, Red Hat, and Telefonica have joined forces to create a network functions virtualization architecture allowing for deterministic placement of virtualized network functions, according to a press release issued today by Cyan. - 05/28/2014

Ruckus Launches Virtual SmartCell Gateway Carrier-Class Virtualized WLAN Controller
Managed service providers or MSPs depend heavily on managed WLAN services for higher revenues, as many businesses are eager to outsource this function. Mobile network operators want to implement architectures that are based on the principles of cloud… - 05/27/2014

Google Embraces Network Functions Virtualization for Business Wi-Fi
It would be difficult to find any better illustration of the advantages of network functions virtualization (also related to "software defined network" in the enterprise space) than Google's new plans to create a virtualized Wi-Fi controller network … - 05/23/2014

Anuta Networks Rolls Out New NCX
Anuta Networks has announced improvements to its NCX software solution, which will allow corporate networks and service providers to take advantage of SDN features. - 05/20/2014

KEMP Uncages Condor NFV Solution
KEMP Technologies today unveiled a multitenancy virtualized platform suitable for enterprises and service providers to do NFV service chaining of such capabilities services as load balancing, security, and WAN optimization. - 05/19/2014

NetNumber Promotes TITAN as an NFV-based Silo Killer
The move by telcos to reinvent themselves using NFV and SDN technologies is a good one, but it won't do much to break down the networking silos that have thus far prevented them from lowering operational costs and becoming more agile competitors if a… - 05/19/2014

SDN and NFV: Faster Than the Future
Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) are gathering momentum as telecom carriers struggle to manage rapid growth in data traffic. Recent discussions have focused on the ability of SDN and NFV to make network and … - 05/15/2014

Red Hat, eNovance Step into a New Initiative to Drive Network Functions Virtualization
Corporations, service providers, data centers and many others who are looking to deploy large-scale cloud deployments for private or public clouds are leveraging the support of OpenStack. OpenStack-based clouds enable carriers to host and orchestrate… - 05/13/2014

IBM's Watson-Powering Elastic Storage Gets A New Launch
For most any gadget buff, technology enthusiast, futurist or science fiction maven out there, February 14 has a special meaning that goes beyond candy and cherubs. February 14, after all, was the day that IBM's Watson took on Ken Jennings and Brad Ru… - 05/12/2014

Wind River Hawks Performance of Its NFV Solution
Wind River is promoting what it calls the industry-leading performance of its vSwitch accelerated virtual switch, which is integrated within the NFV-based Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server. According to the company, this solution can del… - 05/07/2014

From Enterprise to the Telco World: My Experience with Virtualization Adoption Cycles
For more than the past 10 years, I have been deeply involved in the virtualization journey. In the beginning, I was building and selling servers into the Enterprise segment. During this time, I designed and brought a KVM-based hypervisor to market, w… - 05/02/2014

Overture Announces Two New NFV Products
This week, Ethernet solutions provider Overture announced two new network functions virtualization (NFV) software solutions it has released for use by communication service providers and vendors. Ensemble Service Orchestrator (ESO) and Ensemble Netwo… - 04/30/2014

What's NFV & SDN All About?
In a recent article for PCQuest, Prayson Pate, chief technology officer and senior vice president of research and development at Overture Networks, said that CSPs are looking at NFV and SDN "primarily to accelerate innovation and drive cost out of th… - 04/30/2014

Edgewater Raises $5M to Build NFV, SDN Solutions
Edgewater Networks has raised $5 million in debt financing from Eastward Capital to develop network functions virtualization and software-defined networking solutions, the company announced today. - 04/30/2014

With Q1 Revenues Down, Ericsson Awaits Growth in NFV, SDN & Small Cells
The decline in sales is primarily due to lower revenues from two large mobile broadband coverage projects in North America, which peaked in the first half of 2013, and reduced activity in Japan, as reported previously by TMCnet. That, however, was of… - 04/23/2014

Google Implements NFV, SDN as Part of Its Andromeda Effort
Google this month announced that the Andromeda network virtualization stack is now available on two Google Compute Engine zones, and that it'll be migrating the others to Andromeda in the near future. The current Andromeda zones include us-central1-b… - 04/22/2014

StackIQ Joins OpenStack Effort, Tapped by ALU
Cluster management solution provider StackIQ has joined the Red Hat OpenStack ecosystem and announced that its own technology is used for the deployment and management of Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform in Alcatel-Lucent's CloudBand NFV P… - 04/15/2014

ConteXtream, Guavus Partner on NFV, SDN
Virtualization outfit ConteXtream Inc. has joined forces with data analytics firm Guavus to bring real-time analytics to software-defined networking service provider deployments. - 04/11/2014

Huawei Opens OpenDaylight Lab in China
In an effort to move on the network functions virtualization and software-defined networking opportunity, Chinese telecom equipment powerhouse Huawei has established a lab in Shenzhen where developers and users in the Asia Pacific can test and otherw… - 04/09/2014


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