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451 RESEARCH REPORT

OpenStack is a cost-effective way to deploy network-functions virtualization

OpenStack adds automation and management capabilities to network-functions virtualization

In this analyst paper, “Service providers embracing OpenStack®,” 451 Research explains how OpenStack brings the additional benefits of automation and management to network-functions virtualization—at less cost than other proprietary solutions.

Network-functions virtualization (NFV) is a software-based solution that virtualizes the network functions communications service providers (CSPs) rely on. By abstracting the services traditionally tied to specialized, proprietary hardware—such as firewalls, domain name servers, and load balancers—CSPs can use network functions without proprietary restrictions.

OpenStack takes NFV one step further by allocating those virtual network functions into central pools that can be orchestrated by management and automation software. This type of architecture delivers the benefits of self-service, automated infrastructure scaling, and dynamic resource pools—benefits that can be difficult to provide using virtualization alone. Using OpenStack for NFV helps users achieve greater efficiency and agility—and is on the agenda of nearly every CSP.

The industry’s leading communications services providers (CSPs) are all planning on pairing OpenStack with their existing network-functions virtualization (NFV) because:

  • OpenStack brings the additional cloud benefits of self-service, management, and automation to NFV
  • Integrating OpenStack to an existing NFV costs less than other vendors’ proprietary offerings
  • OpenStack’s open source origins align with the original purpose of NFV, which was to reduce reliance on proprietary systems

    Download the report to learn how you can do more with NFV and OpenStack.