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

Casa Systems
Casa Systems Inc. went from the drawing board to customer lab trials and product launch in less than nine months with its Axyom ultra-broadband edge platform. This robust platform utilizes NFV 2.0, with network functions optimized to dynamically scale in the multiple dimensions required by service providers, Casa says.

Axyom is a cost-effective product for service providers who need powerful mobile edge computing in a 1RU form factor and are seeking direct monetization of their investment, Casa says. For example, Axyom, coupled with low-power small cells, enables service providers to offer location insight services to their enterprise customers.

Service providers are also interested in Axyom as a standalone security gateway which can secure all access types at the edge, saving backhaul costs and improving QoE, Casa says.

Casa expects Axyom to be in commercial deployment with at least nine customers by the end of Q3 2016, and more by year-end.

Cisco Systems
The Cisco Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: CSCO) NFV infrastructure is a fully open ETSI compliant pre-integrated solution including all physical and virtual compute, network, and storage hardware and necessary storage. The infrastructure provides management and operations software tools to simplify installation and operation for service providers, with carrier-grade high availability, reliability, and predictable performance for high level customer SLAs, Cisco says.

Cisco's NFV Infrastructure provides tested and certified packaging, with high performance and scalability, high availability, single-interface management, automated Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) OpenStack deployment, reduced TCO, and faster time to NFV network services, Cisco says.

CENX Inc. 's NFV strategy is to provide service providers with end-to-end orchestrated service assurance and management for their networks, through its flagship software product Exanova Service Intelligence, which leverages large-scale real-time network analytics to drive increased service agility and quality over NFV and hybrid network infrastructure, CENX says.

Exanova Service Intelligence provides Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) by harnessing network big data for real-time analytics, to inform intelligent service assurance and capacity planning. Exanova applies the power of big data analytics, automation and leading-edge web technologies to consolidate, correlate, analyze and visualize KPIs within a single "pane of glass" and to drive actions, CENX says.

The business case for CENX's NFV strategy centers around three value propositions for mobile, wireline and cloud data center service providers: increased service agility, higher quality assurance of services and reduced opex, CENX says.

Exanova is deployed at Tier 1 service providers in North America, Europe and Asia, including PCCW Global, Ericsson Managed Services, CoreSite, and two of the top four US mobile operators. CENX says its strategy of NFV service assurance has resulted in these benefits for real-world hybrid networks:

    - increased inventory accuracy by 70%+ by eliminating error-prone manual processes;
    - decreased fault triage time by 75%+ through real-time analytics of performance and utilization measurements;
    - increased service turn-up success, reducing failed circuit turn-ups on first attempt from 85% to 15%;
    - reduction of service ordering intervals from weeks to minutes with customer self-serve portal automation.

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