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Metaswitch Aggressively Helping Network Operators Embrace NFV and SDN

By Laura Stotler September 24, 2015

The past few months have been full of excitement and transition at Metaswitch but the company has retained its focus and dedication to promoting NFV and SDN among its network operator customers. The software solutions provider also brought on new CEO Martin Lund earlier this month to help steer the company as it supports the industry transition to software-centric network and service architectures.

In a blog post this week, Lund outlined what Metaswitch has been up to and reaffirmed its dedication to helping its more than 1,000 customers transition to a software-centric approach to networks and services. He explained that the company is in a prime position to easily and quickly embrace new technologies and help network operators implement them, including virtualized network functions (VNFs). Metaswitch just brought TelAlaska and AT&T on board to implement VNF and is also serving a variety of operators of all sizes globally.

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“This is really interesting because, as we’ve seen with every other major technology disruption in telecommunications, these new technologies will create opportunities for the right kinds of companies,” wrote Lund.  “We’re the only company consistently announcing customers for an SBC that is deployed as a virtualized network function (VNF). The benefits of virtualization for network operators are real today; the big question now is not ‘if’ NFV will happen, but how quickly we can move to accommodate this change.”

He added that in today’s crowded cloud world, network operators must be able to bring services to market quickly and efficiently to cater to the requirements of specific sets of customers. They also need to do this cost effectively, without investing in special network hardware and the configuration as well as the monitoring and maintenance required to keep it up to date. VNFs are an ideal fit for busy network operators, offering all the benefits of the cloud with a rapid time to market and low costs.

Metaswitch has some powerful technology allies as it carries out its mission to move network operators to a more software-centric architecture. The company counts Cisco, Dell, Ericsson, HP, Mitel and Polycom among its long list of partners.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

NFVZone Contributing Editor

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