Network Functions Virtualization

As threats to their dominant position in the communications services value chain intensify, telecommunications network operators must evolve their infrastructures to counter these market challenges. Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is anticipated to play a significant role in boosting the pace of progress in the evolution of telecom networks. NFV has been proposed to provide network operators with dramatic reductions in opex and capex, as well as enabling them to significantly decrease time to market for new and compelling services.

GENBAND, recognizing the competitive constraints of existing network design several years ago, has been steadily evolving its technology toward software-based deployment models, which are the foundation of NFV.  A member of the IETF NFV Industry Specification Group (ISG), GENBAND is closely involved in the progression of the NFV movement and is committed to evolving its already cloud-ready solutions to NFV in lockstep with customer requirements.

GENBAND currently supports NFV capabilities across several products in its solution portfolio, including the EXPERiUS™, QUANTiX™, SPiDR™ and NUViA™ solution families. GENBAND is committed to evolving all portfolio elements to NFV capabilities, leveraging its ongoing support of maturing datacenter architectures, including cloud and SDN technologies.

GENBAND’s differentiates its NFV portfolio in four principal areas:

  • Breadth of solution:  A substantial portion of GENBAND’s portfolio already supports NFV capabilities, with the remainder on the same migration path
  • Hybrid support: GENBAND supports a gradual migration to NFV, simultaneously offering support for appliance-housed functions, as well as virtualized functions
  • Flexible  licensing: GENBAND currently supports a network-wide licensing policy that enables service providers and enterprises to efficiently balance resources with customer demand
  • Depth of solution: GENBAND’s NFV solution fully supports the elasticity and orchestration requirements for cloud and virtualized environments, which will enable service providers to effectively evolve their networks