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How Virtual Switch Performance Improves Service Provider OPEX

How Virtual Switch Performance Improves Service Provider OPEX

By Charlie Ashton This post will explain how increasing the performance of the virtual switch in an NFV platform causes very significant improvements in service provider opex. We’ll show an example that illustrates a 6.7x increase in the number of subscribers supported per server, while explaining how greater improvements are possible in other use cases. When the concepts for network functions virtualization (NFV) were first…
NFV on Mars?!

NFV on Mars?!

By Ron Breault What does Wind River’s network functions virtualization (NFV) platform, the Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server have in common with NASA’s Mars Rover and Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner? If you guessed “two occurrences of letter R,” you get a point for being quick off the mark, but there’s more…a whole lot more to it than that! The full…
5 barriers to NFV – and how to tackle those challenges

5 barriers to NFV – and how to tackle those challenges

By Glenn Seiler Network functions virtualization has fast become of part of the road map for equipment vendors, operators and other suppliers in the industry. However, many see the transition from hardware- to software-based network functions as daunting and challenging. Let’s look at five issues that are creating barriers and consider solutions to overcome them. Barrier No. 1: Erroneous perceptions…

Titanium Cloud Ecosystem: What is it, and why is it important?

By Jeff Gowan Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server is an exciting network functions virtualization (NFV) solution for the telecom market. It delivers a powerful portfolio of technologies that can bring to life the benefits of NFV. However, the work of only one company doesn't paint the full picture for NFV. Part of the success and beauty of Wind River…
Wanted: One Copy of ‘NFV Orchestration for Dummies’

Wanted: One Copy of ‘NFV Orchestration for Dummies’

By Charlie Ashton Thanks to all the work done by the ETSI NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG), it seems that everyone working in this space has a precise, shared understanding of most of the terms that describe the high-level system architecture. We don’t see much uncertainty or ambiguity about “virtual network function (VNF)”, “NFV infrastructure (NFVI)” or “virtualized infrastructure manager (VIM)”, even though…

Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server in action at the Big Telecom Event

By Jeff Gowan When we were at the recent Light Reading Big Telecom Event 2014 conference, we heard a lot about how network functions virtualization (NFV) will play an important role in the future of telecom. In the first video below, Wind River's Charlie Ashton describes Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server and how it can be used to address…

The hottest trends discussed at the Big Telecom Event

By Jeff Gowan We just got back from a great week at Light Reading's inaugural Big Telecom Event in Chicago IL. We went to showcase our Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server and also used the event as an opportunity to announce our Titanium Cloud, our new NFV ecosystem program. While at the show, we conducted a joint demonstration with…
Big Buzz at the Big Telecom Event

Big Buzz at the Big Telecom Event

By Ron Breault I recently traveled to Chicago to attend Light Reading’s “Big Telecom Event” – a great new industry trade show bringing together software and network equipment providers, with the companies who operate and maintain the networks.  I was crazy busy at the Wind River booth, giving continuous, live demonstrations of our Wind River Carrier Grade Communications Server product. …
vSwitch Economics 101

vSwitch Economics 101

By Ron Breault As I sit here at my desk, preparing for NFV #6, I'm delighted by the outstanding feedback coming in from our recent Accelerated vSwitch development.  I am both proud of and excited for our talented engineering team which crafted this marvel.  They've been able to achieve best in class performance, and do it with impressive style.  The…
What Makes “Carrier Grade” Reliability So Hard?

What Makes “Carrier Grade” Reliability So Hard?

By Charlie Ashton I recently talked about the need for full Carrier Grade reliability in telecom networks. Today’s telecom networks are incredibly reliable. Over decades, service providers have engineered an extensive range of sophisticated features into their networks, to the point where they guarantee “six-nines” reliability. That means the network is guaranteed to be up 99.9999% of the time, implying a…