Network Virtualization (NV) combines hardware (like routers and switches) and software network resources with network functionality to create a virtual network. NV creates logical, virtual networks decoupled from underlying network hardware, ensuring it can better integrate with and support increasingly virtual environments.
In the last decade, companies and organizations have rapidly been adopting NV in an effort to take advantage of the flexibility offered by software-based computing and storage resources. With software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) promoting true decoupling of the control and forwarding planes, more emphasis has been put on NV as of late.
As network virtualization continues to evolve, it’s important to keep up with the changing effect it has on the industry and market. Here, you can find helpful network virtualization resources to answer your questions about NV and help you learn more about how it impacts you and your business.