Providers today need their networks to be dynamic, responsive, and simple to provision and manage, all while decreasing the cost and lead time required to deliver services. Network functions virtualization (NFV) is proving to be an important tool in helping providers tackle these goals, but truly transforming the network means going beyond just the delivery of virtualized network functions.
Alcatel-Lucent aims to bring the benefits of NFV to routing with its Virtual Service Router (VSR), a carrier-grade virtualized IP/MPLS edge router. The company says the VSR helps transform the IP/MPLS services edge into a flexible networking element that can help providers more efficiently deliver new applications and services while maintaining high levels of service.
In this information sheet, the company explains how the VSR enables a cloud-centric approach to maximum scalability for IP routing applications and services. By combining the benefits of virtualized edge routing on x86 hardware with edge routing based on FP3 400Gb/s routing hardware, Alcatel-Lucent’s model simplifies the process from ordering to delivery, while reducing costs and increasing agility.
Alcatel-Lucent believes virtualized IP/MPLS routing and edge services will become an important part of next-generation network architectures and deployment models. The information sheet examines potential virtualized routing and edge services applications including:
- BGP route reflector
- Application assurance
- IP/MPLS provider edge
- Service router simulator
- Mobile gateways
According to the company, creating a flexible IP services edge provides the ability to scale up, down, or out as required, helping providers get new services to market faster with lower risk and startup costs. The model encourages providers to more readily explore new ideas and create new service combinations because they can test them in the market with lower up-front financial commitment and risk, then quickly scale them to mass deployment.
Read the information sheet to learn more about how virtualized service routing and a flexible IP services edge can help providers reap the full benefits of an NFV environment and deliver more dynamic network services quickly and efficiently. Find out more on how the VSR enables maximizes scalability for IP routing applications and services.