For today’s communications providers, network functions virtualization (NFV) promises increased agility, greater scalability, and lower costs than legacy, hardware-centric network architectures. However, while many technology companies are developing components for NFV architectures, a full NFV implementation that integrates virtualized services with operational and business support systems (OSS/BSS) had not been deployed in real-world situations.
Now, industry leaders Red Hat, Intel, Procera Networks, Openet, Amartus, and Cobham present a readily deployable NFV implementation for monetizing virtualized mobile networks. Based on open standards, the orchestrated and distributed policy management and charging control solution combines the leading components for each layer of the virtualization stack. Streamlined operations and improved agility let you launch new services faster and with less cost. Plus, integration with revenue handling systems translates network events into real-world profits and gives you the ability to transform your business model to gain a competitive advantage.
The Red Hat®, Intel, Procera Networks, Openet, Amartus, and Cobham NFV solution demonstrates the benefits of NFV in a real-world mobile network deployment with distributed multidomain policy management and charging control. Through end-to-end functionality and integration with your OSS/ BSS, the solution controls access to network services and generates charging events so you can monetize your virtual service infrastructure.
Built on open standards, the solution is 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) compliant and interoperable with a broad ecosystem of complementary technologies. Elastic scalability with predictive trending automatically allocates resources according to subscriber demand, improving resource utilization and delivering performance equal to physical network infrastructures. Runtime programmability at the orchestration level lets you add and manage new services in real time without disrupting network operations. Full, automated service life cycle management—including on-boarding, upgrading, updating, and patching—speeds and streamlines operations and increases service reliability and availability. Finally, the carrier-grade solution gives you a reusable and expandable foundation for NFV, allowing you to add other virtual network functions (VNFs) according to business needs.
Built through collaboration by industry innovators, the BSS-enabled NFV solution combines market-leading components for each layer of the NFV architecture, as shown in Figure 1.
Red Hat, the expert in making open technologies safe, secure, and consumable for business-critical use, supplies the virtualization and cloud platform for the NFV solution. Red Hat Enterprise Linux®, including the high-performance Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, forms a stable, secure, reliable operating system foundation. Commercially hardened and fully supported, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform ties the underlying foundation of the NFV environment to the virtual network function (VNF) and orchestration layers.