Wednesday, August 12, 2015

ADTRAN Simplifies Virtual Network Function Rollouts

ADTRAN introduced its Virtual Network Function (VNF) solution suite, offering the same feature set and proven interoperability found in ADTRAN’s advanced multi-service, multi-functional networking solutions currently deployed in small businesses.

The VNF suite is aimed at helping telecom and cable service providers to transition from embedded customer premises equipment (CPE) solutions to virtualized, software-based networks without compromising performance.

ADTRAN said that while most NFV implementation strategies utilize cloud-based VNF components sourced from various vendors to allow best-in-breed networking functions. its approach its to virtualize the most valuable CPE functions—such as routers, firewalls, enterprise session border controllers (eSBC) and voice quality monitoring (VQM).  This gives gives service providers the option to bundle them into a single VNF, eliminating multi-vendor overhead and associated server hardware related expenses.  For additional flexibility and for those service providers that want to pick and choose which network functions are virtualized, ADTRAN offers functions on a more granular basis, allowing the creation of service chains from multiple software vendors.

“ADTRAN has long provided open architecture throughout its entire portfolio of solutions and services to pre-position our customers for a smooth transition to virtual networks. Our expertise in bridging the end-to-end network – from the carrier to the enterprise – gives us unique insight into what service providers need from their VNF functionality. Giving providers the option to bundle multiple networking functions into a single VNF eases deployment headaches, improves efficiency and lowers expenses,” said Chris Thompson, director, customer device portfolio, ADTRAN. “As service providers’ business models evolve, ADTRAN is designing, integrating and managing the next generation of networking solutions to align with that forward-looking vision.”