Key Technologies

Overture's Ensemble OSA embraces the principles of software defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) in bringing an open architecture and Carrier class orchestration to the metro service edge. By bridging the gap between virtual and physical worlds, our Ensemble-powered solutions enable service providers to maximize operational efficiencies and introduce new revenue-generating services faster and easier than ever before. 

As a member of the CloudNFV™ project, Overture is leading the industry in moving SDN and NFV solutions into every day applications that address real-world challenges. In doing so, this often brings to the forefront questions about what these cloud technologies do and how they work together.

  • What is network functions virtualization?

  • What are software-defined networks?

  • How are these two technologies alike?

  • How do they differ?

  • What’s the benefit of using them together?

Overture’s Chief Technologist Prayson Pate as well as other Overture leaders have written extensively on these topics. The following resources offer information from our team as well as other key sources that discuss each technology, their differences and their compatibilities.

   Explaining SDN versus NFV – video
   SDN and NFV: What’s the Difference?SDNCentral article
   CloudNFV™ unites the best of cloud computing, SDN and NFV – CloudNFV white paper  
  Overture’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture fits into CloudNFV
  Understand Overture’s role in CloudNFV

Blog posts on Overtones

   Network Functions Virtualization (NFV)
   Software Defined Networks (SDN)
   Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs)
   Cloud technologies

Overture welcomes your questions about SDN and NFV. Please contact us to see how we can help.

CloudNFV™ is trademarked by CIMI Corporation. The CloudNFV project is an open implementation of the ETSI NFV ISG work.

CloudNFV + Overture

"Overture has been at the forefront of bringing together the cloud and the metro edge, as their Ensemble OSA launch earlier this year demonstrated. Their Ensemble Service Orchestrator and Network Controller are the first network control architecture that's explicitly designed for metro cloud applications. An optimum deployment of NFV could make NFV hosting the largest consumer of metro cloud data centers and connectivity worldwide. Overture's expertise in Carrier Ethernet coupled with its commitment to developing NFV and SFN solutions in an open, multi-vendor environment makes them a natural and valued founding member of CloudNFV."
Tom Nolle, President CIMI Corp