Wednesday, March 18, 2015

ADVA's NFV Strategy Builds on its Carrier Ethernet Portfolio

ADVA Optical Networking is preparing to introduce a number of new network Interface Devices (NIDs) as part of its newly unveiled Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) strategy.  The plan is to leverage the ADVA FSP 150 Carrier Ethernet portfolio to support virtualized customer premise equipment and to create virtualized radio access backhaul networks.

The company said its approach to NFV enables essential functions, such as advanced operations, administration and maintenance, to bridge the gap between virtual and physical network functions and to assure maximum network performance independent of the software appliances running on top. The company’s open architecture is fully standardized and not limited to vendor-specific orchestration solutions.

“The migration to a service-centric network has profound implications on the functions that various network elements need to provide,” said Christoph Glingener, CTO, ADVA Optical Networking. “Replacing single-purpose hardware appliances with network-based software functions is not a small task. In particular the NID-space is undergoing significant change, leading to a new set of functional requirements. Advanced service assurance, security and openness are the cornerstones of successful NFV implementations. Our NFV strategy was defined and sharpened by intense cooperation as well as early demo testing with leading technology providers, operators and also proactive engagement with standards bodies and industry forums.”