Patton Enters the NFV Market with Virtual eSBC Offering

By Rory Lidstone March 28, 2016

There’s no doubt that NFV is well on its way to completely transforming enterprise and carrier networks. For evidence of this, look no further than the many networks around the world already leveraging the benefits of NFV, as well as the traditional network hardware manufacturers that have begun offering NFV/SDN offerings in the last year. The latest such manufacturer is Patton Electronics, a U.S. manufacturer of UC, cloud and IoT enabling solutions for carrier, enterprise and industrial networks.

Patton recently made its first foray into the area of software defined networks with a network function virtualization project cooked up in its engineering lab. The company’s SDN project is meant to demonstrate the SIP-to-SIP call control and media gateway capabilities of the SmartNode SN5300 session border controller (eSBC) when implemented as a discrete virtualized network function (VNF).

Back in December, Patton made a shift toward satisfying the needs of small to medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with a new SMB-focused UC appliance developed in collaboration with Unify. With its new virtual SmartNode (vSN), Patton is taking a leap once again into new territory.

To ensure the vSN works well in a variety of situations, Patton has invited any interested telecommunication service provider, along with large enterprises, to participate in demonstrations and alpha testing of the new offering. Naturally, testing will revolve largely around integrating the vSN into existing NFV and SDN environments.

After all, as Patton points out, NFV vendors require cooperative input from network operators in order to define their approach and integrate NFV solutions into a service provider managed NFV environment. That’s because the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has yet to clearly specify the NFV interfaces to the SDN management and orchestration layer.

According to Patton, its entry into the NFV market at this relatively formative point is strategic as the NFV trend has been set but the market has yet to reach its full potential. As evidence of this, the company points to a recent IHS Infonetics forecast that predicts a compound annual growth rate of 71 percent from now until 2019, at which point carriers will spend $5.79 billion on SDN solutions.

So far, Patton has tested its VNFs with VirtualBox, vmWare ESX, KVM, and OpenStack hypervisors.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Contributing Writer

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