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RAD Conducts its First Public Demo of Distributed NFV for Business Services

Will Highlight Multiple Virtual Network Functions Implemented at the Customer Premises
Feb 20, 2014

At Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, RAD will take another step towards facilitating Network Functions Virtualization deployment for business services by conducting its first live public demo of Distributed NFV (D-NFV).

“The common perception of NFV is that it has to be implemented in data centers, but in reality that approach isn’t ideal in every situation, in particular when targeting services for business customers,” notes Ulik Broida, RAD’s Vice President of Marketing. “In fact, some functions and capabilities, even if virtualized and implemented as software, are better located at the customer premises due to various considerations, such as performance, cost and data confidentiality.”

“For that reason, service providers should have the freedom to locate virtual functions where they will be most practical, beneficial and cost-effective – not just at data centers but also at network nodes and the customer premises itself,” Broida states.

RAD’s D-NFV solution responds to this need by integrating a Layer2/Layer3 FPGA-based NID and compute infrastructure with a standard x86 server. “This allows for a phased NFV deployment beginning with the implementation of virtual functions at the customer premises for initial subscribers,” Broida adds. “In other words, centralized investments are waived and, therefore, won’t outpace revenue,” he continues. “This centerless approach, therefore, is an effective first step towards full NFV deployment.”

Speeds Service Creation and Delivery and Reduces Operational Complexity
“The result is faster time-to-market for new revenue-enhancing services and the freedom to fit new network functionalities to meet rapidly changing needs and lower expenses,” Broida explains.

The D-NFV demo will cover two applications deployed as Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) – firewall applications and enhanced traffic reporting diagnostics with optional service chaining.

“The benefits of bringing virtualization to the customer site are convincing,” Broida concludes. “We anticipate that this live demo will be seen as a major step towards commercial deployment.”

About RAD

RAD is a global telecom access solutions and products vendor, enabling service providers and network operators to evolve any service over any network. By allowing mobile, business and wholesale service providers to decouple service evolution from network evolution, we assist them in migrating at a pace that is right for them. They can leverage existing resources and prolong the use of a large variety of their current legacy interfaces and equipment, as well as maintain network and service performance to guarantee user experience.  In addition to providing an economical migration path to network edge virtualization, our Service Assured Access solutions are designed to deliver complete visibility for greater operational efficiency, as well as timing synchronization for LTE/LTE-A and future 5G deployments.

Founded in 1981, RAD has an installed base of more than 16 million units, and works closely with Tier 1 operators and service providers around the globe. RAD is a member of the $1.3 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in communications solutions.

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