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Modernize your network infrastructure by migrating to a virtualized infrastructure. Virtualizing network functions help you speed up development, save money, and scale to meet demand.

What is NFV?

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

NFV is a key enabler for 5G infrastructures. NFV combines advanced virtualization of network functions with the automation capabilities of cloud computing platforms.

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.

As service providers modernize their networks, they are moving workloads and services out of the core network (in data centers) towards the network’s edge: around points of presence and central offices. From here, services can be delivered to subscribers more efficiently: with lower latency and higher bandwidth.

At Red Hat we believe virtualizing central offices, one of the last physical interfaces for service delivery, will help service providers reach the goal of deploying services at the network edge. In partnership with network equipment providers and independent software vendors, Red Hat  launched Red Hat Virtual Central Office (VCO) at OpenStack Summit in Berlin in November (2018).

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Heavy Reading: Open source: A framework for digital services modernization

Open source provides a host of benefits to communications service providers that will help them evolve technologically and culturally.


ACG Research: Transformation and Opportunity at the Service Provider Edge

Telecommunications service providers have both a special role and a compelling set of opportunities at the network edge. This paper explores the reasons why service providers are pursuing cloud-based, software-driven infrastructure enhancements.


Heavy Reading and LFN: Open networking survey report

This global study of CSPs examines open networking, including performance, automation, cloud-native principles, big data and analytics, MANO and SDN.


Atos and Red Hat speed up NFV

CSPs can take advantage of Red Hat and Atos’ partnership to read the benefits of NFV: agility, scalability, efficiency, savings, and security.


ZTE Corporation prepares for 5G with OpenShift

See how ZTE established an integrated information and communications technology (ICT) platform with the help of Red Hat OpenShift product services.


NFV: From physical to virtual and beyond

Chris Wright, Red Hat VP and CTO, talks about the opportunities presented to telcos’ NFV solutions by the containerisation of apps and the adoption of microservices architectures.


Virtual central office

Red Hat is implementing a mobile architecture for its cloud-native, open, disaggregated approach to the virtual central office (VCO).


Hybrid cloud and software-defined infrastructure

Red Hat and TelecomTV show how hybrid cloud elevates the importance of software defined infrastructures.


The race to 5G is on

Red Hat CTO for global service providers, Ian Hood, and TelecomTV talk about multi edge compute capacity and the fundamental need to have a common platform to deliver future services.


New solutions for edge services

A discussion of the use cases that demand real-time processing and communication between distributed endpoints, creating the need for efficient processing at the network edge.

Technology for service providers


Virtualize your central office to gain flexibility and boost innovation

The Red Hat virtual central office (CO) solution combines modern cloud and container platforms with advanced automation and management tools to form an ideal foundation for agile, innovative, and cost-effective COs.


Scalable, high-performance NFV

Take advantage of everything network functions virtualization offers with a platform from Red Hat.


Virtualize your network with an open foundation

Learn how an NFV infrastructure from Red Hat and Intel can help CSPs deliver faster while lowering infrastructure costs.


NFV performance benchmark for mobile packet core

Affirmed Networks and Red Hat tested an NFV solution for mobile packet core functions. Results demonstrate flexibility and scalability while establishing a new benchmark.


Gluster and QCT

See how to use clusters of x86-based servers and Red Hat Gluster Storage for petabyte scalability.


OpenStack storage for dummies

Learn the basics and best practices for using OpenStack and Ceph together.


Dump dedicated hardware with vRAN

Red Hat and Altiostar offer a virtualized radio access network (vRAN) solution that can help service providers reduce network costs.


Software-defined storage and Quanta Cloud Technology (QCT)

Learn about the use cases for software-defined storage, containerized applications, and NFV on OpenStack®


Hyperconverged infrastructure for cloud

See how CSPs are consolidating and gaining efficiency through hyperconverged infrastructure.

The products you need for network modernization

Red Hat OpenStack Platform

A secure, scalable platform for building public and private clouds.

Red Hat CloudForms

A comprehensive IaaS cloud management platform that improves your virtual and cloud infrastructures with advanced capacity planning and resource management features.

Red Hat JBoss Data Virtualization

An open, hybrid Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that lets developers quickly develop, host, scale, and deliver apps in the cloud.

Red Hat Ansible Automation Logo

A simple, agentless automation platform that can improve your current processes, migrate apps for better optimization, and provide a single language for DevOps practices across your organization. Ansible Tower by Red Hat is a centralized API for your Ansible automation and a graphical user interface for Ansible.

Red Hat Gluster Storage

Open, software-defined file storage that combines reliable Red Hat software with x86 commodity hardware, eliminating the need for high-cost proprietary storage systems.

Partners that support our NFV and edge solutions

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