Cisco revealed Wednesday that it has undertaken an early-stage network virtualization trial with forward-looking Japanese operator NTT DoCoMo.
Specifically, Joe Cozzolino, SVP and GM of Service Provider Video Infrastructure, writes that NTT "has verified the feasibility of network functions virtualization (NFV) using our Cisco Virtualized Packet Core and Cisco Network Services Orchestrator (NSO), the core network of long-term evolution (LTE) systems."
Cisco, of course, has an interest in showing that it is still hip and with it and can hang with its newer NFV rivals. Many have wondered how the traditionally hardware-focused networking vendor will fare as the network goes increasingly virtual. (See MKM: Cisco Biggest Loser in AT&T SDN Plans.)
It should be noted, however, that NTT DoCoMo CTO Seizo Onoe is quoted in the blog saying that the carrier is working on "multi-vendor initiatives with Cisco and other top ICT players" for NFV.
— Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, Light Reading