As service providers report a number of successful production deployments of network functions virtualization, it is important to consider the infrastructure beneath it all — and the available options. The leading software platforms for NFV infrastructure are OpenStack and VMware’s vCloud NFV.
But service providers can choose from a number of OpenStack options, including sourcing from a supplier or open source internal development.
NFV deployments’ use cases vary widely and include wireless core networks, customer premises equipment, routing, security and the internet of things. During the second half of 2017 and throughout 2018, leading service providers will deploy NFV at scale with additional applications across their networks.
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