Network functions virtualization (NFV)

What is NFV?

Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a software-based solution that helps communications service providers (CSPs) move beyond traditional, proprietary hardware to achieve greater efficiency and agility—and reduce operations costs.

NFV combines advanced virtualization of network functions with the automation capabilities of cloud computing platforms. It has become the new standard within the telecommunications industry.

Red Hat’s® NFV solution is the result of our leading contributions to the OpenStack®, KVM, and DPDK projects. And it’s further strengthened by our vast ecosystem of certified partners.

Our NFV solution is open source and standards-based, giving you a stable, interoperable foundation to build on.

NFV gives communications providers a way to simplify their network architecture and transform their business models to differentiate their services and gain a competitive advantage in a crowded market.

Transform your business model with NFV


Red Hat OpenStack Platform

Offers enhanced platform awareness (EPA) for cloud-scale performance, and features hundreds of certified OpenStack plugins along with our distribution of OpenDaylight

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Includes KVM Hypervisor and DPDK-accelerated Open vSwitch—all secured by SELinux®

Red Hat Storage

Enables unlimited scalability and flexibility for your storage needs, and is also available as a hyper-converged solution

Red Hat Cloudforms

Provides improved management, automation, monitoring, and policy enforcement for your NFV environment, including hybrid cloud management


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Red Hat and Ericsson have teamed up to expand Ericsson’s NFV offering with Red Hat OpenStack Platform, helping customers build a fully open infrastructure.

Combining Red Hat, the world’s leading open source provider, with Ericsson, the world’s leader in NFV telecom transformation, creates customer speed and choice while enabling customers to confidently embrace open source.

Jason Hoffman, head of Product Area Cloud Infrastructure, Ericsson
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Red Hat and Nokia Networks collaborated to bundle Nokia's carrier-grade virtualized core applications and cloud application management products with Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

We have cooperated with Red Hat since 2004, and are excited about the expanded relationship, as it strongly supports our strategy to smoothly transition proven carrier-grade core software applications to NFV...

Michael Clever, senior vice president of Core at Nokia Networks

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