Network functions virtualization (NFV) offers service providers numerous benefits for CapEx, OpEx, and agility – but until recently, virtualized functions have been unable to match the performance of hardware solutions. In an upcoming DemoFriday, F5 and Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) will demonstrate an end-to-end framework that enables virtualized network functions to run as fast as purpose-built hardware.
NFV aims to lower network costs and increase flexibility at a fundamental level by virtualizing core network functions that have traditionally run on purpose-built hardware. A primary NFV use case is virtual customer premises equipment (CPE), as it allows providers to migrate various hardware-based network functions onto commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. These virtual network functions (VNFs) include a range of L4–L7 services, such as load balancing, firewall, DNS, and policy management.
The May 6 DemoFriday will highlight an NFV architecture developed in accordance with European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) NFV Specifications, then augmented by HPE for commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. Presenters will demonstrate NFV orchestration through HPE NFV Director and F5 virtual network functions (VNFs) that use virtual ADC, virtual firewall, and virtual DNS to deliver virtual CPE services. Presenters will show how the architecture can be used to run the F5 VNFs at performance levels that rival purpose-built hardware.
The combined solution allows providers to deploy F5 VNFs in single sites and across multiple sites to deploy services wherever various network elements are deployed on premises. Meanwhile, virtual components can be deployed in data centers. This flexibility enables providers to dynamically chain multiple services together and give enterprise customers services that are customized for specific requirements.
HPE NFV Director provides orchestration and management across both both purpose-built hardware and VNFs on COTS servers, ensuring that consistent management policies can be applied across the entire network.
Register for the DemoFriday to learn how virtual CPE helps service providers deploy new services faster to market while streamlining operations and processes.
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