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ADVA Debuts NFV Family for Operators

By Tara Seals June 15, 2015

With most major operators either now deploying network function virtualization (NFV) or planning to within the next few years, more vendor options that are specifically geared for telecom network architecture are coming to market. For instance, ADVA Optical Networking has debuted its NFV product family, with a focus on enabling carrier-grade network interface devices (NID) for network operators.

The ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series combines the demarcation of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP services in one network element. The single box also features ADVA ConnectGuard Ethernet technology—a security suite to ensure that stringent privacy requirements are met—an ever-present concern in virtualized environments.

It has also been developed on a fully open and standardized architecture, so that it’s not limited to vendor-specific orchestration solutions.

"We're reaching a key juncture in the migration to service-centric networks. The decisions the industry makes this year will have far-reaching implications," said Christoph Glingener, CTO at ADVA Optical Networking. "That's why we're launching our ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series. Over the past decade, we've developed a clear lead in the NID space and we've used all of our expertise and insight to take demarcation technology to the next level.”

He added, “Introducing NFV into existing networks is no small task, and it's vital that network operators get this right. They need NIDs that are capable of introducing virtual network functions (VNFs) on central servers, but also hosting those appliances on the demarcation device. We enable operators to host at any location, ensuring cost and performance optimization."

The company said that the ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series is currently in trials with a number of network operators, and will be commercially available later in 2015. The timing dovetails with market movement: IHS data shows that 48 percent of carriers plan to evaluate NFV by the end of 2015, with 35 percent of operators planning to deploy some use cases.

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Though still in the early stages of a long-term transition to NFV-SDN architected networks, many carriers will be moving from proof-of-concept tests and lab evaluations to commercial deployments of limited NFV soon.

"Every aspect of our new ADVA FSP 150-GE110Pro Series has been jointly developed with key network operators. Every step has been taken together," said Stephan Rettenberger, VP of marketing at ADVA Optical Networking. "That's what makes our technology stand apart. Our No. 1 position in the NID space gave us a head start on the rest of the industry. When we began developing our NFV technology, we already knew the critical components the industry wanted - openness, security and service assurance. These are the cornerstones of our product. The response to our new technology has already been enormous and clearly reaffirms our NFV strategy. It's going to be an exciting few months ahead as we move from trials to deployment."




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Contributing Writer

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