Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is the concept of replacing dedicated network appliances—such as routers and firewalls—with software running on commercial off-the-shelf servers.

The aim of NFV is to transform the way communication service providers (CSPs) architect networks and deliver network services. Network operations are transformed as network function software is dynamically instantiated in various network locations in the network as needed, without requiring the installation of new equipment.

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Ensemble OSA Delivers NFV

Overture’s Ensemble Open Service Architecture™ (Ensemble OSA) is the industry’s first open architecture for software-defined services. Designed to support high-performance business services, mobile backhaul, and cloud connectivity, Ensemble OSA optimizes service creation, activation, and assurance by bringing the benefits of the cloud to the metro edge. With this new open architecture that embraces the principles of software defined networking (SDN) and NFV, service providers are able to maximize operational efficiencies and introduce new revenue-generating services faster and easier than ever before.

Benefits of NFV

Lower hardware costs by replacing dedicated appliances with shared servers

Speed revenue-generating services to market

Reduce operational costs with fewer appliances to deploy and maintain

Support on-demand pay-as-you go deployment models

Enable Innnovation by making it easier to develop network functions

Deploy virtualized solutions on commercial, off the shelf (COTS) hardware

NFV was last modified: April 27th, 2015 by Brian Irish

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