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Will OPNFV become the de facto standard for NFV compatibility?

Will OPNFV become the de facto standard for NFV compatibility?

By Charlie Ashton As Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) takes its first steps beyond trials and evaluations into real-world deployments, suppliers throughout the value chain are wrestling with how to demonstrate the elusive concept of “compatibility”. For our team at Wind River, this has certainly been a critical question to address while seeing our Titanium Server NFV infrastructure platform adopted by…
Meet ‘vLarry,’ the new virtual cable guy

Meet ‘vLarry,’ the new virtual cable guy

By Charlie Ashton The cable business typically doesn’t feature high on lists of dynamic industries that rapidly adopt innovative new technologies in order to deliver compelling new products and stellar customer support. Under the surface, however, cable operators are using virtualization technologies to achieve major changes in how their networks are architected and to expand the services that they offer.…
To do today: Boost my VNF’s performance and then leave work in time to beat the traffic

To do today: Boost my VNF’s performance and then leave work in time to beat the traffic

By Charlie Ashton We published a couple of articles recently about the benefits of the Accelerated vSwitch (AVS) that’s integrated into Wind River Titanium Server NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) platform. Since these two posts were published, several of the Virtual Network Function (VNF) partners in our Titanium Cloud ecosystem have completed the process of validating their VNFs with Titanium Server and leveraging…
Is IoT a Threat or an Opportunity for Service Providers?

Is IoT a Threat or an Opportunity for Service Providers?

By Charlie Ashton As we talk with telecom service providers about their plans for deploying Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), another topic invariably comes up. Depending on who you listen to, the Internet of Things (IoT) represents either a drag on network resources that leads to unrecoverable costs or else an opportunity for revenue growth through innovative new services. Or maybe…
Time for Some New Acronyms for CRAN

Time for Some New Acronyms for CRAN

By Charlie Ashton Lunchtime "debating tables" -- I'm sure you've seen them at conferences. At a recent event, I was drawn to a table where the conversation was unusually animated. The subject was "CRAN" and I was intrigued to find out why this topic was generating so much disagreement. Out of the eight or nine people at the table, there…
Debunking a Myth Again: High Availability is Still Not Carrier Grade

Debunking a Myth Again: High Availability is Still Not Carrier Grade

By Charlie Ashton Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote a post about the differences between “High Availability” and “Carrier Grade reliability” as applied to telecom networks. A fascinating white paper has just been published that explores this subject in detail, so this seemed like an appropriate time to talk about some recent discussions about the topic and point interested…
NFV World Congress – Momentum Building

NFV World Congress – Momentum Building

By Ron Breault There was a palpable sense of anticipation amongst the participants at last week’s inaugural NFV World Congress in San Jose.  After so many announcements and proof of concept demos, the fruits of the collective work of this growing industry are now starting to appear. The show kicked off with an ‘OPNFV mini-summit,’ providing attendees with a sneak peek…
NFV and Shanghai – Much In Common

NFV and Shanghai – Much In Common

By Ron Breault I recently returned from an ETSI NFV event in Shanghai – a focused meeting of the IFA (Interfaces and Architecture) Working group.  IFA is easily the largest working group in NFV Phase 2, and it is itself subdivided into three related streams.  Without going into a lot of detail, the mission for the IFA group is to…
The Three Pillars of “Open” NFV Software

The Three Pillars of “Open” NFV Software

By Charlie Ashton In retrospect, 2014 was the year when the topic of “openness” became part of any conversation about solutions for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). Throughout industry conferences as well as at meetings of the ETSI NFV Industry Standards Group (ISG), it was clear that service providers see the availability of open solutions as key to their NFV plans.…
Celebrations and Struggles at NFV #8

Celebrations and Struggles at NFV #8

By Ron Breault I’ve attended every ETSI NFV Plenary session since April of 2013 – that’s seven in total – and I’d venture to say that the recently concluded NFV #8 was the most raucous to date! To be fair, this wasn’t just any plenary; this was the session in which the first phase of NFV was formally wrapped up…