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NFV vs. VNF: What's the Difference?

NFV versus VNF: SDN engineer Darien Hirotsu explains the differences between network functions virtualization and virtual network functions.  Networking professionals sometimes use the terms virtual network functions, or VNF, and network functions virtualization, or NFV, interchangeably, which can...
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ETSI is Bullish on the Results of Its First NFV Interoperability Tests

The European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI) recently put on a plugtest event in Madrid, Spain, where 35 commercial and open source implementations were tested for interoperability, and it saw promising results as released in its report. For features like network service on-boarding,...
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Open source practices
Enterprises are ramping up adoption of open source software and increasingly creating their own open source tools.

As the Software Supply Chain Shifts, Enterprise Open Source Programs Ramp Up

Today’s software supply chain is fundamentally different than it was only a few years ago, and open source programs at large enterprises are helping to drive that trend. According to Sonatype’s 2016 State of the Software Supply Chain enterprises are both turning to existing open source projects to...
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Mobile Edge Computing Creates ‘Tiny Data Centers’ at the Edge

One key element of 5G is likely to be Mobile Edge Computing (MEC), an emerging standard that extends virtualized infrastructure into the radio access network (RAN). ETSI has created a separate working group for it — the ETSI MEC ISG — with about 80 companies involved.  “MEC uses a lot of NFV ...
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Erik St. Martin
The Kubernetes platform for dealing with applications clusters is very well suited to help Comcast update to an IP-based streaming system, said Erik St. Martin at CloudNativeCon.

Kubernetes Helps Comcast Re-Engineer Cable TV

Comcast cable is undergoing a major technical shift. The company is moving away from an always-on transmission of every single channel to every single customer, with the signal converted on either end by a piece of proprietary hardware, which is how cable has worked for decades. The new system is...
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IHS Markit: 70% of Carriers Will Deploy CORD in the Central Office

Seventy percent of respondents to an IHS Markit survey plan to deploy CORD in their central offices — 30 percent by the end of 2017 and an additional 40 percent in 2018 or later. The findings come from IHS Markit’s 2016 Routing, NFV & Packet-Optical Strategies Service Provider Survey. The...
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VMware Joins Open-O to Pursue its Telco NFV Strategy

VMware joined the Open-O project today as a premier member. The open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation works to enable end-to-end service orchestration via network functions virtualization (NFV) over both software-defined networks (SDN) and legacy networks.  As a premier member, VMware...
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What are the Top NFV Risks for Carriers?

What are the risks of network functions virtualization (NFV)? As with any emerging technology, moving fast or picking the wrong components can do more harm than good. Let’s spend some time breaking down the NFV risks in building a virtual network. I have spent the few months gathering feedback from...
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Carriers Embrace Trial & Error Approach as NFV Becomes Real

THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Telcos kicked off the SDN World Congress here with boasts about how un-telco-like they’ve become, influenced by software-defined infrastructure and the world of virtualization. Specifically, they’re starting to adopt software’s “agile” philosophy by being willing to proceed...
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Wolfgang Ries
Wolfgang Ries, CMO of Fujitsu EST, discussed the evolution of open source at Fujitsu, and the company’s first open source project Open Service Catalog Manager (OSCM), in his keynote at LinuxCon Europe 2016.

Fujitsu Open Source Project Aims to Be Front End for Cloud Foundry Service-Broker API

Last year, Fujitsu launched its first open source project, Open Service Catalog Manager (OSCM), for service providers, IT departments and end users to manage and track the cost of provisioning cloud-native applications. It is, essentially, a platform to manage cloud services and build marketplaces...
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