Carrier virtualization, programmability and the massive data sets from machine learning and analytics are driving new requirements for data centers.
Network Functions Virtualization
Network functions Virtualization (NFV) offers a new way to design, deploy and manage networking services. NFV decouples the network functions, such as network address translation (NAT), firewalling, intrusion detection, domain name service (DNS), caching, etc., from proprietary hardware appliances, so they can run in software.
SDxCentral's experts continually curate a collection of NFV articles, white papers, videos and other resources to make it easier for members to learn about the concept, use cases and technology.
SDxCentral's Network Functions Virtualization Report provides a great reference resource on the key capabilities to look for in NFV components and solutions and what different NFV companies are offering.
With machine learning, big data, cloud, and NFV initiatives invading the data center, there are implications for data center networking performance.
Virtualizing the data center may make it more efficient and agile but additional processing power may be needed.
As open source NFV technologies mature, the rate of adoption should soar in 2017.
To foster NFV interoperability, many initiatives have launched to help organizations determine what NFV software is compatible.
Service providers must accurately estimate vCPE processing power if they want to avoid ripping and replacing equipment down the road.
NFV online stores are transforming the way the networking gear is being purchased and distributed.
NFV interoperability is stalled and may be causing operators to forego deploying NFV.
NFV popularity is forcing more companies to make MANO a higher priority so they can combat virtual server sprawl.
While software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) don’t necessarily require each other to add value to an enterprise, they are collectively being joined at the proverbial hip.
For as long as any of us can remember, fulfillment and assurance were two independent processes, mostly because they were conceived, operated and purchased by separate departments.
It’s becoming clear that a smarter NIC will be crucial to white boxes built for NFV and SDN applications.
Advanced networking technologies for OpenStack could optimize the cloud environment for service providers – as well as enterprise.
OpenStack is becoming the de facto standard for infrastructure orchestration for NFV deployment by leading Communications Service Providers (CSPs).
A wide array of supplementary technologies, including adjustments to the NIC, are being built to deliver high performance NFV for service providers.