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Cloudify Moves to Cloud Native NFV

By Frank Griffin December 16, 2016

The cloud is the place telecoms, network operators, enterprises and countless other businesses have now come to rely on for innovative information and communications technologies (ICT). With cloud migration now just another part of the overall IT deployment of most large enterprises, moving to a cloud-native network function virtualization (NFV) architecture has multiple benefits. The Cloudify team at GigaSpaces Technologies just announced the launch of a program that will make this possible by simplifying the move to the cloud and save money in the process.

GigaSpaces provide services to hundreds of global Tier-1 organizations with software for cloud application orchestration and scaling of mission-critical applications on cloud environments. The company develops technology to improve IT efficiency and performance across industry sectors in finance, e-commerce, gaming, healthcare and telecoms. The Cloudify team is leveraging the company's technology to give VNF vendors a cloud-native network function virtualization architecture.

With this new program, the up-front fees for re-architecting a VNF can be dramatically lowered, and vendors can use their resources for deployment that can scale revenue generating ventures. According to the Cloudify team, vendors will have more flexibility and time to start designing and building business models that are more workable for the new cloud-native VNFs so new versions can be found quickly.

“Most VNFs are packaged today as a virtual appliance and were not designed for cloud-native architectures. They were not built for scale-out, and they’re not driven by APIs, nor do they support multi-tenancy. Most require manual intervention to set up. Cloud-native environments need all these, and that’s what the Cloud-Native VNF Program provides, in a model that virtually eliminates business risk by scaling fee to production revenue,” said Nati Shalom, founder and CTO of GigaSpaces.

Cloudify will give operators the ability to create new products faster by not having to invest in time and money migrating to the cloud. By eliminating this resource intensive process and using VNF orchestration, operators can automate the provisioning, configuration and management. The Cloudify engine and the Topology for Orchestration and Specification for Cloud Applications (TOSCA) will leverage the ARIA open-source orchestration environment, which is used by large network operators and most telecoms for VNF management for the transition.

There are three phases in the model, made up of the Design, Development and Production phase. They start by assessing the network function virtualization architectures and VNF and move on to building atop a given VNF or set of VNFs, and it then goes to production with the pricing model that best fits the customer’s business model in terms of revenue sharing, fixed price or tiered.

Edited by Alicia Young

Contributing Writer

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