Mobile devices. The data center. The WAN. All are players in the move to a software-defined industry that gives network operators more control, programmability and responsiveness to business needs.
The momentum behind the shift to Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has seen organizations embrace the benefits and advantages offered by software and virtualization—benefits that center around agility, flexibility, and adaptability. This shift significantly changes how networks are built and operated, as well as how services are created and delivered. An increasingly critical component of any network, software helps meet evolving end-user demands for greater programmability and openness.
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An excerpt from IDC Executive Insights captures the shift to a software-defined network. “The network is moving from one based on rigid physical infrastructure to a more software–defined virtual infrastructure that is more closely linked with the targeted services and capabilities. This will enable new capabilities such as NFV. Networks will continue to be a platform for intelligence and play a lead role in providing next-gen security. As networks become more intelligent, they will align to focus more on business outcomes. Network discussions are moving away from static measurements such as availability and latency to improving business outcomes and employee productivity. Instead of provisioning network and cloud resources separately, IT managers will begin to provision them together and build networks that understand applications, and applications that are network-aware.”
SDN, NFV and orchestration provide the key building blocks of a next-generation virtualized infrastructure that instantly connects data to users and effectively synchronizes distributed computing resources. The end goal is a truly automated network, which will reduce time to market for new virtual services, and contribute to enhanced revenues.
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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) reduces cost and accelerates service deployment for network operators by moving functions like firewalls and encryption from dedicated hardware to commodity servers.
Until recently, network functions such as firewalls and encryption have been performed on dedicated hardware devices. The rise of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) has shifted this kind of processing to commodity servers. NFV brings significant ...
The Blue Planet brochure provides a high-level view of the Blue Planet network virtualization and service orchestration software.
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Open Network Operating System (ONOS) is the open-source Software-Defined Networking (SDN) platform for service provider networks.
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Distributed Network Functions Virtualization (D-NFV) is a complete, open, modular solution purpose-built for a distributed Virtual Network Functions (VNF) deployment environment. John Hawkins, Ciena’s resident Ethernet guru, explains how...
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