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Leading Lights 2016 Finalists: Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor)

Vendors are taking on the market with network functions virtualization (NFV) products designed to combine flexibility with the reliability and performance service providers need.

NFV promises to provide agility and freedom from vendor lock-in, combined with the robustness that service providers have grown accustomed to from purpose-built hardware. Using NFV, service providers can spin up new services quickly, offer try-before-you-buy service, and achieve other benefits that were previously impossible.

We saw a crowded field of entries in the Leading Lights category of Most Innovative NFV Product Strategy (Vendor). We narrowed the competition to a less crowded -- but still numerous -- line-up of ten finalists.

The Leading Lights 2016 winners and newest class of Hall of Fame inductees will be unveiled at the Leading Lights awards dinner, which will be held the evening of Monday, May 23, at the Hotel Ella in Austin, Texas. For more details, see this Leading Lights 2016 awards dinner page. The following day, the Big Communications Event 2016 opens its doors for two days of networking and learning.

Here are the finalists in this category:

ADVA Optical Networking is focused on developing high-performance hardware appliances, using NFV to ensure its FSP 150 ProVM works with open software and hardware solutions from other vendors. ADVA launched its NFV strategy last year, announcing its first commercial product in October and acquiring Overture in January, combining Overture's Ensemble software suite with ADVA Optical Networking hardware. ADVA's Ensemble NFV is designed to allow service providers to innovate quickly, explore experimental service offerings and create try-before-you-buy programs, hosting virtualized functions on any commercially available servers.

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ADVA Ensemble NFV is currently deployed by Masergy Communications Inc. and DartPoints at the customer edge, and is involved in trials to virtualize brownfield environments without affecting the existing network, providing immediate virtualization requiring no change or risk to the existing service delivery network.

Amdocs Ltd. (NYSE: DOX) is focused on service agility, accelerating the service lifecycle from design to fulfillment, assurance and monetization. Automated design, test and launch of complex multivendor next-generation services cuts service innovation times by months to just eight weeks or less, empowering service providers to achieve rapid, low-cost innovation more typical of OTT providers, Amdocs says.

Amdocs has completed more than 20 advanced NFV PoCs with Tier 1 operators, and partners with 30 other suppliers. Amdocs' strategy of openness allows operators to onboard any virtual network function from any vendor, supporting service agility and avoiding the challenges of vendor lock-in.

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DigitalM73223 6/15/2016 | 2:11:33 AM
Casa Systems Congrats from one NFV experts to another. Your NFV strategy is really impressive, and so is your innovative solution. I work for ALTEN Calsoft Labs, a leading provider of NFV Orchestration and SDN services. I can understand how important Casa System's contributions are to NFV domain. Congrats once again and all the very best.

Palani Kumar, 

ALTEN Calsoft Labs
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