NEW YORK -- A new program launched by the Cloudify team at GigaSpaces this week reduces the financial and technical risks faced by VNF vendors looking to cash in on the rising tide of telecoms and large network operators making the move to cloud-native NFV architectures. Rather than taking on the fixed costs of re-architecting their VNFs for cloud-native deployments, VNF vendors can now tie the expense of this transition to the success and scaling of commercial, revenue-generating production deployments. As a result, up-front fees for re-architecting a VNF can fall by as much as an order of magnitude under the Cloudify Cloud-Native VNF Program offered by GigaSpaces.
The Cloudify Cloud-Native VNF Program is the first to give VNF vendors a consumption-based model for moving their VNFs to cloud-native architectures, minimizing the upfront cost and associated risk of making the switch. In turn this gives VNF vendors greater leeway and time to build workable, long-term business models for their cloud-native VNFs, iterating rapidly until a sustainable model is found.
VNF vendors are transforming to cloud-native VNFs to better leverage the economies and agility of the cloud, creating products that operators of large networks are increasingly demanding. VNF orchestration plays a key role in this transition, allowing automated provisioning, configuration and management. Cloudify—and the lightweight ARIA libraries leveraging the Cloudify engine—is an open-source orchestration environment already in use by many telecoms and large network operators for VNF management. Cloudify uses the Topology for Orchestration and Specification for Cloud Applications—or TOSCA—standard, widely embraced by telecoms.
“Most VNFs are packaged today as a virtual appliance and were not designed for cloud-native architectures,” said Nati Shalom, founder and CTO of GigaSpaces. “They were not built for scale-out, and they’re not driven by APIs, nor do they support multi-tenancy. Most require manual intervention to set up. Cloud-native environments need all these, and that’s what the Cloud-Native VNF Program provides, in a model that virtually eliminates business risk by scaling fee to production revenue.”