A broad array of wireless carriers and network vendors have joined together to create an open-source group to accelerate deployments of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) under the auspices of the Linux Foundation. The group, called the Open Platform for NFV Project (OPNFV), aims to deliver a carrier-grade, integrated, open-source reference platform in an effort to create new NFV products and services.
The Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) is making its own play in the network virtualization industry with a new network as a service (NaaS) initiative called the "Third Network," one that could potentially complement or challenge existing efforts to develop SDN and NFV by focusing on connectivity services.
Radisys rolled out new wireless infrastructure platforms aimed at enabling mobile operators to virtualize data plane processing, as opposed to the more commonly targeted control plane processing.
LAS VEGAS--All of the world's Tier 1 mobile operators are putting network functions virtualization (NFV) initiatives into place and will start focusing their capital expenditures on NFV Mobile in 2015, said Keith Allan, director of IP mobile core product strategy at Alcatel-Lucent.
AT&T is translating its cloud-based vision into a new service that will enable Austin-based businesses to order, add or change services in an on-demand basis.
NICE, France--Savings in both operating and capital expenditure are often cited as leading drivers behind the move towards software-defined networks (SDN) and network functions virtualisation (NFV), but operators themselves say service agility and new revenue really makes the business case.
NICE, France--Slovak Telekom gave an update on its progress with the virtualisation and "softwarisation" of its network, but key aspects of network functions virtualisation (NFV) are distinctly lacking in the integrated operator's deployments to date: the orchestration tools required to manage data and service availability in an NFV environment.
ATIS has introduced its new Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Forum to address the ongoing movement from hardware to software-centric networks and the growing virtual network operator movement concept.
NICE, France--Pieces of the network functions virtualisation (NFV) puzzle are starting to fall into place, although experts working in this field stress that care must be taken to avoid repeating the mistakes of previous legacy equipment that saw operators tied to equipment manufacturers and faced with interoperability requirements that proved to be a barrier to competition.
NICE, France--Telecoms operators should embrace software-designed networks (SDN) and focus on training their staff to think more about software, according to the head of the net systems team at Facebook.