What Is NFV?
Developed in 2013, Network Function Virtualization (NFV) became an evolutionary method intended to reduce costs and accelerate service deployment for network operators. By decoupling functions such as firewall or encryption from dedicated hardware, operators are able to deploy on virtual servers. This collapses multiple functions onto a single physical server, reducing costs and minimizing risks.
“Full NFV adoption may take years to accomplish, but will enable network administrators to work without purchasing dedicated hardware to build a service chain. Server capacity will be able to be added through software and will eliminate the need for network administrators to overprovision their data centers, which will reduce both capital expenses (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). NFV adoption will provide both increased agility and flexibility for organizations to accomplish the changing waves of network service demands.”
- IT Business Edge at www.itbusinessedge.com