NFV might still be in its infancy and, in many ways, far behind the timeline many had envisaged but there some concrete examples of virtualization out there in the wide area communications networking industry.
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AT&T has been at the vanguard of NFV deployment for some time, pursuing an aggressive timeline for white box deployment and the introduction of virtual network functions (VNFs).
The operator has taken its software-centric virtualization strategy to the next level during the past year with its vendor-agnostic FlexWare program, which is underpinned by the Domain 2.0 platform and the ECOMP management system.
AT&T says it now offers FlexWare virtualization services in more than 150 countries, has sold more than 1,000 Flexware devices and is growing its ecosystem of VNF partners. It's also working with other operators, such as Orange (NYSE: FTE), to simplify VNF deployment and enable inter-carrier NFV services.
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GlobeNet Cabos Submarinos
International wholesale operator GlobeNet, which specializes in meeting the needs of Latin American operators, has implemented an NFV strategy based around key Internet exchange points across the Americas, designed to enable service providers to expand beyond their existing markets without having to deploy customary hardware.
It offers a combination of traditional networking and virtualized router capabilities in locations such as New York, Miami, Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, Bogota in Colombia and Caracas in Venezuela that provides ISPs and long-distance service providers the change to broaden their reach on an opex rather than capex basis and much more quickly than ever before.
GlobeNet is an operator that has identified a way to expand its business and offer its customers far greater opportunities through a carefully thought-out NFV deployment program.
— Ray Le Maistre, , International Group Editor, Light Reading