Network Function Virtualization (NFV) helps operators run network functions on standard volume COTS hardware instead of purpose built hardware and leverages standard IT virtualization and cloud technologies to reduce total cost of operation and increase the service innovation and scale. This level of automation in provisioning and service delivery requires orchestration software of virtualized resources and the network for the operator to truly benefit from NFV’s promise.
The ETSI ISG has not standardized all the interfaces between various blocks that they first highlighted in their famous whitepaper when they brought to the industry’s attention the need for VNFs and service orchestration. Contributors, which Cyan is a part of, are working hard in trying to define what the most reasonable and practical way all of the components, including the NFVI, VNF manager, VNF and orchestrator come together and interact. Cyan has taken a step (a few actually) further and will be demonstrating a real-life use case at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.