With NFV, service providers are looking to commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) server hardware to deploy specific services and applications. These applications are hosted in a data center so that they could be accessed via the cloud.
Many different technologies are used to build an NFV data center, including open source technologies, open technologies provided by technology vendors that are compliant with NFV standards, and custom software built by integrators and cloud service providers (CSPs) and hosting companies. Many of these organizations use NFV webinars to describe their technology approach and architectures.
It’s About the Community
The nature of open technologies such as software-defined networking (SDN) and NFV means that technology is more driven by community standards than ever. Global operators would like to be able to take any potential network functions — whether it be subscriber management, security, load balancing, and a number of other network functions — and deploy them as software in a data center, rather than building specific hardware. In theory, this approach would allow operators to develop and deploy more services with scale and agility.
As an example, Intel has implemented an SDN and NFV strategy to market the use of its chips in data centers. A webinar called “Develop an Optimized SDN and NFV Environment using Intel Software and Hardware” was used to demonstrate this strategy.
SDxCentral hosts many of its own NFV webinars, acting as an objective community for presentations and discussions on the future of SDN and NFV. For example, a webinar based on the NFV Report called “Making NFV Real – A Novel Approach to MANO and OSS” covered the key benefits of NFV, its core architectural components, and the most popular use cases, as well as a deep dive into the MANO. The webinar also went over how OSS and NFV orchestration can complement better over time while also proposing a new OSS structure, augmented by NFV MANO.
For more webinars on NFV and related topics, you can check back on the SDxCentral webinar page to learn about upcoming events.