Although the use of virtual network functions (VNF), an essential part of software-defined networking, has seen widespread exposure in the media as the new wave of commercial networking, its implementation in the real world has been clunky and posed a burden on early adopters.
Global communications company Nokia, which has inserted itself in the network functions virtualization market, knows this well, so it has created a new templating system to improve the use of its CloudBand Application Monitor. Nokia said in its recent announcement that it has built upon market specifications from groups such as ETSI, OASIS, and OpenStack to make it easier for businesses to complete onboarding and scaling of all their networking tasks.
The templating system works directly with Application Monitor in languages such as OASIS’s TOSCA, Ansible, OpenStack HOT, and Mistral so any vendor that wishes to create a VNF can do so within widespread industry best practices.
Ron Haberman, the head of Nokia’s CloudBand product department, commented in his company’s announcement about how service providers and VNF suppliers can use Nokia’s templates as a quick guide for establishing networking environments that the CloudBand Application Monitor can then control.
“One of the goals of NFV has been to foster an open ecosystem of VNF suppliers to give service providers maximum choice in the capabilities they integrate and to offer subscribers the best available services,” Haberman began, clearly linking the capability of the templating system to fit common situations that enterprise clients will present.
“By creating an open system that improves the management of VNFs, we aim to make it easier for service providers to quickly add new value-added services to differentiate their offerings, generate new revenue opportunities, and deliver better user experiences,” he continued.
The differentiating factor of this templating system being open source makes it a red-tape free task for service providers to create templates as they see fit. Enterprise customers may present with unique needs regarding their own networking situations; now service providers can address any situation quickly without having to manually construct processes for directing data. Use of Nokia template structures also allows vendors to keep their VNFs secure because the individual components will originate from a trusted source.
The Network Functions Platform is designed to provide enterprises, as well as MSPs and CSPs, with a seamless migration path towards NFV.
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