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RAD Survey Finds NFV Confidence

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MAHWAH, New Jersey - With Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) deployments on the horizon, there is high confidence that it will deliver the benefits that it promises, according to a RAD-sponsored survey at last week's Ethernet & SDN Expo in New York.

The survey, conducted among event attendees, asked several NFV-related questions. To measure expectations that NFV will deliver its promised benefits, respondents were asked to rate their confidence on a scale of 1-to-10. A full two-thirds expressed high confidence with a rating in the 7-10 range. Asked where they think NFV will have its biggest impact, a third of respondents pointed to the network core, while half said it would be either in the data center, network edge, or customer premises.

"This was a very interesting result," commented Dr. Yuri Gittik, Head of Strategic Marketing at RAD. "The common perception is that NFV will be implemented in data centers, but there is clearly an understanding that it makes sense to locate NFV in other parts of the network as well. Within this Distributed NFV approach, RAD specifically focuses on NFV at the customer premises."

Forty percent of respondents said they expect to implement NFV capabilities in one to two years, while a third said it would be within a year. The survey was conducted by RAD on October 2-3 at Ethernet & SDN Expo. Just over half the respondents were service provider representatives.

RAD Data Communications Ltd.

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