ADVA Optical Networking(Network Functions Virtualization)
Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is the decoupling of network functions from proprietary hardware appliances and running them as software in virtual machines (VMs). The different functions — such as firewalls, traffic control, and virtual routing — are called virtual network functions (VNFs).
NFV uses virtualized networking components to support an infrastructure totally independent of hardware. The standard resources of compute, storage, and network functions can all be virtualized and placed on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware like x86 servers. Having virtualized resources means that VMs can be given portions of the resources available on the x86 server. That way, multiple VMs can run on a single server and scale to consume the remaining free resources. This also means that resources are less often sitting idle and data centers with virtualized infrastructure can be more effectively used. Within the data center and the outside networks, the data plane and control plane can also be virtualized with NFV.
ADVA’s multi-award-winning Ensemble portfolio enables virtual network functions on open servers with automated activation. NFV is the critical building block to realizing a network that can deliver new services in an instant. With this technology, network operators can drive new business opportunities and dramatically reduce operation, administration and maintenance costs. The cornerstones of an NFV-centric network are automated configuration, intelligent programmability and secure encryption of data in motion. Our NFV technology is unique within the industry and can support a seamless evolution to an NFV-centric network.
ADVA provides a comprehensive set of hardware and software products to simplify network virtualization.Within ADVA, Ensemble is a full NFV architecture. It includes Ensemble Connector, as described above for the Verizon uCPE use case. It also includes Ensemble Orchestrator, Ensemble Controller and Ensemble Director. These components work together, but they can also be used individually where needed.ADVA also provides NFV hardware in the form of its FSP 150 ProVMe hybrid NID and its FSP 150 ProVMi hardened server. The FSP 150 ProVMe provides valuable capabilities such as forwarding in hardware, precision timing and encryption as well as an Intel Xeon compute blade. The FSP 150 ProVMi is an Atom server with additional features such as SFPs, DC power, extended temperature and dying gasp.
Ensemble Connector is a highly scalable, high-performance virtualization platform for hosting multi-vendor VNFs. It enables pure-play virtualization: open software running on open commercial off-the-shelf servers. This eliminates vendor lock-in so that service providers are free to mix and match best-of-breed software and hardware. Pure-play virtualization means total choice – choice of software, hardware and where to locate functionality to best suit the business needs of the provider.
Ensemble virtualization director
Ensemble Virtualization Director is a management platform for the creation and deployment of virtualized services. It gives operators visibility into, and control of, their virtualized resources. It also provides fault, configuration, performance and security management capabilities, and interfaces with existing OSS/BSS systems leveraging standard interfaces. What’s more, our Ensemble Virtualization Director provides SDN control of virtual networking. It’s the missing piece to operationalize and manage NFV at scale.
award-winning Ensemble Orchestrator is created to help communication service providers design and deploy virtualized services in their networks. Ensemble Orchestrator provides flexible VNF and network service on-boarding along with policy-driven automation for quick and reliable service creation, activation and assurance. And the cherry on top: Ensemble Orchestrator works and is affordable.
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