Ciena on Tuesday introduced an open, distributed network functions virtualization (D-NFV) solution designed to empower service providers to better compete against OTT businesses in service agility while also giving CSPs lower costs, faster return on investment and avoidance of vendor lock-in.
The D-NFV solution uses Blue Planet orchestration, new carrier-grade D-NFV Infrastructure (D-NFVI) software and its newly released 3906mvi service virtualization switch with pluggable x86 NFV Server Module. Ciena's D-NFVI software also runs on third-party COTS servers, the company says, enabling CSPs to choose best-of-breed systems or incorporate customers' preferred products.
"It is well known that network operators want to offset the threats from OTT players and declining network connectivity service revenues. D-NFV supports the worldwide operator Number One NFV use-case of enterprise vCPE [virtual customer premise equipment] that provides the carrier goal of service agility," says Michael Howard, senior research director and advisor at IHS Markit in a statement.
Indeed, the global NFV market will be worth $15.5 billion by 2020, growing at a compound annual growth rate of 42% between 2015 and 2020, he said earlier this year. By 2020, 16% of all NFV revenue will go to NFVI, the researcher predicts, 11% will be spent on new software and services and the remaining 73% will be attributable to existing market segments, primarily virtual network functions, according to IHS Markit.
"We expect strong growth in NFV markets in 2020 and beyond, driven by service providers’ desire for service agility and operational efficiency," says Howard.
To further support agility, efficiency, interoperability and openness across multi-vendor environments, Ciena used carrier-grade software to enhance OpenStack in order to provide the high availability, security and reliability that operators need, Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) says. The solution, which is available now, includes a DPDK-accelerated vSwitch with MEF CE2.0 compliance.
"If you think of it in terms of the choices one has when building a house, we can of course sell you the complete house but we can also provide all of the required materials if you want a more do-it-yourself model," Steve Alexander, senior vice president and chief technology officer at Ciena tells the New IP Agency. "Our customers are free to use our materials alongside materials from other vendors they choose for a custom-built house."
The 3906mvi x86 NFV server modules are available in three performance variants designed for different performance and price points. Additionally, CSPs can tap the vendor's professional services group if desired.
At this week's MEF16, Ciena also plans a proof-of-concept demonstration of its D-NFV solution in a multi-vendor environment that will include partners RAD and CenturyLink.
— Alison Diana, Editor, The New IP Agency. Follow her on Twitter @alisoncdiana or @The_New_IP.