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3 people whose jobs get easier with NFV

Iwan Price-Evans | Sep 22, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Fixed-Line Transformation NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) Mobile Infrastructure

As anyone in the telecom world will tell you, network functions virtualization (NFV) is about transforming telecom networks into a modern, flexible architecture and reducing the reliance on traditional, proprietary, purpose-built hardware. But it does more than that.

"NFV done right will transform the economics of service delivery, simplify the integration and deployment of new service capabilities, accelerate the creation and progressive enhancement of new services, and enable services to be delivered effectively at any scale," writes Metaswitch CTO Martin Taylor, in a recent white paper.

Throughout a network operator’s organizational structure, in every functional area and at every level, people stand to benefit from adopting NFV. Here are just a few of the people whose jobs get easier when NFV is done right.

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5G Pushes Carriers Toward Cloud-Native NFV

Ian Maclean | Sep 15, 2017 6:50:00 AM

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The promise of 5G is ultra-reliable, low-latency communications with speeds that we've never seen before in a mobile network. But today's mobile networks are not set up in a way that can handle 5G requirements without needing extensive and expensive over-engineering.

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3 ways NFV can make network operators more profitable

Iwan Price-Evans | Aug 18, 2017 8:30:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) cloud native

The industry fervor around Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) stems from its promise of dramatically increasing profitability for every size and variety of Communications Service Provider (CSP). From critical core infrastructure to revenue-generating application delivery platforms, NFV is poised to fundamentally change the way fixed and mobile network infrastructures are built and the way services are deployed.

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Virtualization Fuels the Rise of the Modern Mobile Network Operator

Ian Maclean | Aug 10, 2017 1:54:22 PM

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The advent of network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) is transforming the world’s largest network operators by lowering infrastructure costs and making day-to-day operations more affordable by using webscale cloud computing.

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Tackling Tomorrow's Biggest Opportunities with Cloud Native NFV

Ian Maclean | Aug 9, 2017 8:30:00 AM

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Two of the biggest opportunities in communications today – providing next generation wireless networks and consumer video entertainment – demand flexible, scalable networks that can create new services in unprecedented ways.

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3 reasons why an IMS core should be virtualized

Iwan Price-Evans | Aug 7, 2017 8:30:00 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) virtualization IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) Cloud

The IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) revolutionized the way network infrastructures were architected. It defined the granular decomposition of network functions, completely standardized open interfaces, and separated the control and media planes. It has been nearly two decades since its inception but IMS take up is still in its infancy.

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4 reasons why network operators should adopt NFV

Iwan Price-Evans | Aug 3, 2017 7:12:00 AM

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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is widely recognized as the most significant evolution in carrier network infrastructures in decades. All major standards bodies, along with numerous open source projects and countless alliances of vendors and network operators, have been moving at breakneck speed to align with the ETSI NFV Industry Specifications Group (ISG). The ISG is charged with defining high-level NFV requirements and detailing the architectures and interfaces necessary for delivering virtualized network infrastructures.

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Building Cloud Native to deliver on the promise of NFV

Ian Maclean | Aug 1, 2017 8:25:04 AM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) cloud native

The primary objective of Network Functions Virtualization, laid-out in a white paper developed by a consortium of network operators nearly 5 years ago, was quite clear: To significantly reduce the capital and operational costs associated with deploying communications services.  While the NFV specifications have progressed at a breakneck speed, since then, much of the effort has been focused in areas of management and orchestration. Meanwhile, the very essence of NFV -- the act of virtualizing network functions -- has floundered, with most suppliers taking an approach that simply porting their existing product codebase onto Virtual Machines (VM) is enough to meet those objectives. It simply isn’t.

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What Does “Cloud Native” Mean?

Metaswitch | Jun 29, 2017 9:21:28 AM

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The term “cloud native” is all the rage in Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) circles these days. But what does it really mean and why does it matter to communications service providers (CSPs)? In a recent video feature, TelecomTV posed these questions to a group of industry luminaries, including our own Martin Taylor. Their answers are quite instructive and provide a unique view of current industry thinking about the advantages and practical challenges of embracing cloud native principles.

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All aboard for fast VNF onboarding

Steve Gleave | Jun 26, 2017 3:11:01 PM

NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) cloud native

Together with six leading Tier 1 service providers, Metaswitch is part of an ambitious TMForum Catalyst project that is spearheading an industry-wide effort to develop standard best practices for speeding the VNF onboarding process. The project -- dubbed a “bold moonshot” -- was demonstrated at the TMForum Live! event last month and showed how service creation and deployment can be accelerated through automated VNF onboarding facilitated by open, digital marketplaces.

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