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Procera Unveils NFV-based Solution Called Virtualized PacketLogic

By Paula Bernier August 06, 2013

Procera Networks is the latest telecom equipment vendor to introduce a software-based solution that embraces network functions virtualization. It will be available for trials in the third quarter and is expected to be generally available by the end of the year.

The company today unveiled what it calls Virtualized PacketLogic, a policy enforcement solution based on the NFV standards out of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute. AT&T, BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Verizon drove the creation of this ETSI group, which came together in November and has seen more than 70 companies join the charge.

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"The main promise of NFV is to benefit from commodity pricing of IT hardware, reduced power consumption and moving to a much faster service delivery method based on downloading software appliances as opposed to installing new hardware appliances," said Paul Veitch, chief network strategist at British Telecom, who was quoted in Procera’s press release announcing Virtualized PacketLogic.

NFV entails virtualizing specific aspects of the network-related to functions like deep packet inspection and the HSS, as two examples. This enables service providers to benefit from the cost savings in industry standard servers and allows them to introduce new services and capabilities from such infrastructure more quickly. Goals of the NFV Working Group in particular are to reduce equipment costs and power consumption; improve time to market; enable the availability of multiple applications on a single network appliance with the multi-version and multi-tenancy capabilities; and encourage a more dynamic ecosystem through the development and use of software-only solutions.

"Procera's core intellectual property has all along been our software and NFV is a natural step for us to take with our products. By getting involved in the NFV industry standards movement now our software will run in more places and more broadly interoperate with other vendor products as networks evolve to an SDN environment. In the end it is about providing all of our product functionality in hardware form factors that make it easy and cost effective for our customers to deploy in highly scalable settings," Cam Cullen, vice president of global marketing at Procera Networks, tells NFVZone.

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Edited by Rich Steeves

Executive Editor, TMC

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