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Brocade: NFV Will Help Telcos Save Big Time

By Paula Bernier August 13, 2013

Brocade has the world’s most widely deployed NFV product today and it’s now bringing that solution to the telcos, Kelly Herrell, vice president and general manager of the company’s software business unit, tells NFVZone.

The company is now in half a dozen network functions virtualization proofs of concept with top tier telcos around the world with its existing products, says Herrell. Telcos are interested in using NFV for a variety of reasons, he says, including to modernize IMS, and to do virtual CPE, routing, security, and the like.

Brocade’s existing product is its virtual router, which the company got through the Vyatta acquisition, a deal that was announced in November. Brocade also is moving to expand its product line to address the unique scalability requirements of the telcos.

“You can walk your way into NFV without having to boil the ocean,” says Herrell, by using a solution like the one from Brocade.

Herrell says that Brocade is aggressively driving this software solution into the market and notes that it is in direct contrast to hardware-bound solutions from companies like Cisco Systems.

“A software product line within Cisco is anathema,” says Herrell, who disputes that Cisco is interested in moving NFV and SDN forward despite the company’s public comments to the contrary.

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Herrell also talks about how Brocade’s NFV telco strategy aims to put virtual servers that deliver service out near base stations in mobile environments. He says this model is analogous to a POP meets CDN scenarios in that it reduces latency and reduces backhaul traffic. But in this case we’re not necessarily talking about controlling latency for content but rather for value-added applications like a route reflector – which traditionally requires big expensive hardware to make BGP scale.

By taking a virtualized approach to route reflectors, telcos can “knock 90 percent of their capex out of the equation,” says Herrell.

Network functions virtualization has to do with 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 more quickly introduce new services and capabilities from such infrastructure.

To learn more about NFV, TMC welcomes you to Software Telco Congress, Nov. 19-21 in Santa Clara, Calif.

To learn more about SDN, TMC invites you to attend SDN Precon at ITEXPO Las Vegas on Aug. 26.

Executive Editor, TMC

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