Telcos that haven't embraced NFV need to take advantage of its flexibility to use existing hardware in either a native or virtualized way. Susan James, Head of Product Line, NFV Infrastructure, explains the opportunities and challenges around NFV and how the latest release of OPNFV shows that the process can be considered sanitized.
It’s time for all telco operators to start adopting Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). To continue to invest in legacy networks without taking advantage of NFV is to miss out on the agility, speed, and efficiency that it offers.
NFV gives operators the flexibility to use existing hardware in either a native or virtualized way. And Evolved Packet Core (EPC), Ericsson’s custom end-to-end NFV solution, can be deployed into an existing native resource pool.
NFV is a relatively young technology, so it wasn’t long ago when some industry leaders were hesitating to adopt it. There was concern that, if NFV was implemented too early, it might cause problems on a network. On the other hand, an enterprise that started too late would miss out on some of the benefits.
Ericsson is proud to have taken a leadership role in nurturing NFV throughout its early years. Ericsson participated in Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV) projects such as Pharos and Yardstick. Pharos is focused on developing a geographically and technically diverse lab environment, and Yardstick is focused on verifying infrastructure compliance.
With the latest release of OPNFV, we’ve seen enough examples of successful deployment that the process can be considered sanitized. It’s time for all telcos who have not already embraced NFV to move ahead.
Watch Susan James, Ericsson’s Head of Product Line, NFV Infrastructure, explain the opportunities and challenges around NFV to Nathan Hegedus.