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Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack

For global telecoms, Network Functions Virtualization brings agility and cost savings

Telecoms and network operators face disruptive market change, but expensive, inflexible networking appliances prevent them from rolling out new services quickly. That’s why a consortium of industry leaders collaborated on a new, software-driven approach to agile network management called Network Functions Virtualization (NFV).

Now many global telecoms are working to make OpenStack the best infrastructure platform for NFV. This paper describes NFV, its business value, and how OpenStack supports NFV. It details specific projects, use cases, and the experience of major carriers and enterprises including AT&T, Verizon, NTT Group, SK Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, and Bloomberg.

Although NFV is in its infancy, NFV on OpenStack offers an agile, scalable, and rapidly maturing platform with compelling technical and business benefits for telecommunications providers and large enterprises.

Why Global Communications companies are choosing OpenStack

Network agility

offers greater flexibility, scalability and resiliency

Cost Savings

both on installation and management

Proven implementation

by the world’s leading telecommunications companies

Open standards

through ETSI and OPNFV, including reference architecture

Vendor support

industry-leading solutions are based on OpenStack

Millions of AT&T wireless subscribers are connected to virtualized network services ... based on OpenStack.
— John Donovan
Senior Executive Vice President of Technology and Network Operations
AT&T
Read more about how AT&T uses OpenStack

Read Accelerating NFV Delivery with OpenStack, a report created by the OpenStack Foundation in collaboration with six global communications companies, to learn more about Network Functions Virtualization.

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From the Summit to your browser: Everything you need to know about OpenStack and NFV

Developers and global telecoms who are actively shaping NFV in the open source community gathered at the Austin Summit to discuss use cases, project requirements and next steps.