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ABI Says Skyfire's Mobile Solution Aligns with NFV, SDN

By Paula Bernier October 31, 2013

ABI Research is endorsing the Rocket Optimizer from Skyfire as a low-risk tool to pave the way to networks functionalization and software-defined networking.

Rocket Optimizer is a cloud-based software solution that lets mobile network operators boost capacity and improve quality of service to their end users by detecting when individuals are having a lower than expected experience and taking action to ensure they are getting the resources their applications require and they have paid for. The approach of this product, according to Skyfire, aligns with NFV and SDN in that it’s “elastic and virtualization-friendly.”

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Joe Hoffman, Research Director of ABI Research, said that Rocket Optimizer “delivers all the key elements an operator needs to take its first steps towards an NFV and SDN future. Moreover, Skyfire is well positioned with Rocket Optimizer, and its Experience Assurance and CloudBurst features, to help operators satisfy appetite for mobile video and derive a profit from it.”

Skyfire was acquired in February by Opera Software. Skyfire this month forged new partnerships with F5 Networks and Procera Networks, both of which are standing columnists for INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine, a TMC publication. The first relationship has to do with creating a joint solution that brings together Procera’s intelligent policy enforcement together with Skyfire’s mobile video optimization solution. The second partnership involves Skyfire joining F5 Networks’ Technology Alliance Program.

While ABI Research seems to bullish on the Skyfire solution, the firm recently said that while telcos may be able to benefit from the cost savings of network functions virtualization – which will enable them deliver network element functionality using software on industry-standard servers as opposed to more expensive proprietary hardware, the complex nature of carrier networks means that they probably want to retain close ties with existing telecom infrastructure vendors.

“Operators are correct in observing that a given x86 processor delivers pretty much the same MIPs no matter in whose box it is installed,” said Joe Hoffman, practice director at ABI Research. “But unlike the WebScale firms, mobile networks are fiendishly complex and no operator has expertise to build an in-house solution. Operators still need the telecom infrastructure vendors to provide the Network Functions software.”

Edited by Ryan Sartor

Executive Editor, TMC

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