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Service Providers Find New Capabilities and Advantages with NFV

By Tracey E. Schelmetic August 26, 2013

With IT departments and networks proliferating to handle growing telecom and datacom business today, equipment is becoming a real problem, particularly as so many solutions require dedicated equipment or networks. Keeping up is becoming more than a bit of a headache, and to solve these problems, service providers are increasingly looking to use a concept called “network functions virtualization” (NFV) to consolidate many network equipment types  into standardized high volume servers, switches and storage devices.

To determine NFV’s reception in the marketplace and its future potential, NFVZone recently spoke with Chris Koeneman, Vice President of the Bluesocket Business Group of ADTRAN. ADTRAN's Bluesocket product family produces wireless LAN solutions that combine virtualized, cloud-enabled control and management with high-performance 802.11n access points. The company builds products for companies large and small, as well as government agencies and educational institutions.

Koeneman told NFVZone that NFV has the potential to significantly alter the design and operation of a service provider network, particularly with regards to innovation.

“The first potential change is a reduced cycle time for the introduction of new services,” said Koeneman. “Actually, NFV will more effectively manage the entire lifecycle of a service from introduction to end-of-life.   The second change will be service composition flexibility. With NFV, a service provider will be able to more easily fine tune a service and make changes in response to the market place.”

Because of the inherent nature of the benefits NFV offers, service providers embracing it will be much more agile and flexible, according to Koeneman. In addition, NFV will have positive rippled down the supply chain by setting up a framework that will make innovation from a company’s suppliers more focused and easier for a service provider to implement. These benefits would be widespread and far-reaching.

“NFV could change the service provider landscape by giving those service providers who master its tenets a substantial advantage,” Koeneman told NFVZone. “An upstart service provider who leverages NFV could build a competitive advantage with service agility. In addition, the NFV service provider could win in the time-to-market race.”

Today,  SDN Pre-Con at ITEXPO Las Vegas is featuring a number of presentations on topics including NFV vs. SDN, as well as an update on the work ONF has done on SDN, security and NFV.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

NFVZone Contributor

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