- Chapter 1: Investment Benefits of NFV in NFVI and MANO
- Chapter 2: NFV Architecture
- Chapter 3: NFV Market Landscape
- Chapter 4: MANO and NFVI Product Categories
- Chapter 5: NFV MANO Products
- Chapter 6: NFVI Products
- Chapter 7: NFV Monitoring and Testing Products
Introduction – NFV Platforms Grow Up
Welcome to the 2016 Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) MANO and NFVI Report, which gives you a full update into the trends and progress of the NFV market. Since our report in 2015, the NFV market is progressing, with operator deployments beginning in earnest. Their primary goal is to create new revenue-generating services on an open, interoperable NFV platform.
The hallmark of NFV is that it can deliver network functionality via software running on industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. The main advantages are that it can provide networking needs of a service provider or enterprises’ application on standard server and storage infrastructures. New services do not require new hardware infrastructure – simply software installation.
NFV decouples network services from the hardware that delivers them. As a result, functions, such as network address translation (NAT), firewalling, intrusion detection, domain name service (DNS), and even complete suites like EPC (Evolved Packet Core) services can be delivered in software and deployed on general purpose appliances. This gives organizations a lot more flexibility in the way they design, deploy and manage their network services.
History: Beginnings in the ETSI ISG
NFV originated in the service provider community as operators looked for ways to cut costs and accelerate the roll out of profitable services to monetize their networks and grow their revenues. Hardware-based network appliances, which are typically expensive and complex to deploy and manage, were limiting the providers’ ability to consolidate functionality and quickly trial new services.