Delivering NFV solutions to address different operational models – NFV/SDN Reality Check Ep. 78


    NFV platforms are growing in use across telecom, but it’s important to line up which solutions are needed to address different types of operational models

    On this episode of NFV/SDN Reality Check, we have a featured interview with Juniper Networks to discuss the delivery of network functions virtualization solutions to address different types of operational models.
    But first let’s take a look at some recent top headlines from across the NFV, software-defined networking, cloud and telecom software space.
    AT&T announced a partnership with VeloCloud to deliver SD-WAN services to enterprises looking to migrate networks from hardware to software. The deal calls AT&T’s SD-WAN portfolio to include a network-based solution combining hybrid networking with multiple network access options allowing for optimized application performance based on customer-selected parameters.
    The customization option also includes network bandwidth management, with the platform set to be available next year.
    For companies looking to deploy SD-WAN across similar deployment models at various locations, AT&T said its premise-based “over-the-top” solution could be a better fit, with the benefit of the offer being available later this year. In terms of its overall software moves, AT&T said the hybrid SD-WAN platform is its third integrated option, following its SDN and NFV launches.
    Further SD-WAN moves are said to include additional collaborations.
    Also, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute’s Open Source MANO initiative continued to feed software into the management and orchestration community with the launch of its OSM Release One stack.
    ETSI said the release has been “engineered, tested and documented to allow for rapid installation in operator labs worldwide that seek to create a scalable and interoperable open source MANO environment.” Release One moves on enhancing interoperability with VNFs and SDN controllers, and creates a plugin framework designed to ease platform maintenance and extensions.
    The release follows up on the launch of Release 0 in May, which integrated seed code supplied by Telefónica,, Cononical and other vendors. ETSI at that time predicted the Release 1 unveiling within six months.
    That is just a taste of all the NFV and SDN related news from the past week, so make sure to check out for more.
    For our featured interview this week, we spoke with Paul Obsitnik, VP of service provider marketing at Juniper Networks, to get his view on the need to deliver NFV solutions designed to address different types of operational models.
    Thanks for joining us on this week’s show, and make sure to check out our next show when we speak with Brocade on NFV trends and its work with OpenDaylight on SDN.
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