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NFVZone Week in Review

By Alisen Downey October 26, 2013

It’s that time again, so after another busy week in the network functions virtualization (NFV) space, let’s take a minute to look back on some of the biggest stories.

To kick off the week, Dialogic announced that it has incorporated native software transcoding into the latest release of its session border controller (SBC), BorderNet Release 3.2. This will make it easier for carriers to embrace NFV technology, as Dialogic’s newest SBC supports the move to virtualization on commodity servers. By making transcoding an all-software process, carriers can adjust service as they need it to maximize utilization while also keeping customers happy with the best services. This means that capital investments will be moved into general-purpose servers rather than in single-purpose dedicated hardware.

While many companies have been singing praise for all-software based solutions for quite some time, hardware-based transcoding and its supporters won’t be leaving any time soon. Vendors that support the latter believe that dedicated transcoding hardware is more power-efficient and therefore more cost-effective, and so it will remain a viable alternative.

In another article, Paula Bernier explores the shifting tides for incumbent network providers. There is increased demand these days, and networks require more flexible and adaptable services in order to stay afloat in the market. Many of these players in the industry are now discovering that the answer may be to adopt NFV and software defined networking (SDN).

“Not only can SDN and network virtualization help address the explosive capacity demand of mobile traffic, but they can also reduce the CapEx and OpEx burden faced by service providers to handle this demand by diminishing reliance on expensive proprietary hardware platforms,” stated research aggregation firm. “SDN and network virtualization solutions have been widely deployed in data center and enterprise environments, and many service provider deployments are already under way.”

A new report from SNS Research was also announced this week, predicting that by 2014, the NFV and SDN market will be worth about $4 billion, and that the market will see a projected compound annual growth rate of nearly 60 percent over the next six years. By 2018, at that rate, the SDN and NFV market could be worth a staggering $34 billion. In other words, this market is booming, and will continue to catapult higher over the next few years. The implications for this growth really speak for themselves: there is major opportunity to be had in the NFV space.

Lastly, Huawei showed off its orchestration and management system this week. The system, called NetMatrix, can be used in network functions virtualization and software-defined networking environments. The system offers E2E inter-controller orchestration, SDN and traditional network orchestration, and network and DC resource orchestration, which allow networks to be configured so that resources are distributed and delivered on demand.

"SDN is starting a virtual, automatic, intelligent and open network revolution. However, the most far-reaching impact brought by SDN is on user experience-oriented networks,” said Lu Hongju, president of the Huawei OSS and Service Product Line. “NetMatrix…is devoted to helping carriers deploy their networks based on services, and convert high bandwidth into high value."

Stay tuned next week for more news and be sure to check out next week’s roundup of top stories on NFVZone.

NFVZone Web Editor

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