Earlier this month, NetNumber attended CTIA as a finalist for the CTIA Startup Lab program. This was great opportunity to share our approach to virtualization on the Intelligent Networks stage.

We also had the opportunity to hear many of the largest network vendors vow support for NFV/SDN and debate their approaches.  One point was clear, software and virtualization are certainly topics du jour.  One vendor said they support NFV/SDN because it means they will sell more software – a key goal for the company.

However, software and virtualization do not equal NFV. Many vendors are simply replicating their physical hardware and software layouts into virtual environments.  As I’ve written in previous blog, this approach does not deliver on the promise of NFV – improving efficiencies, increasing agility, and lowering costs.

If each function is still separate when virtualized, it must be deployed, managed and updated separately.  This approach does nothing to reduce complexity in the network core. And complexity is a major barrier to changing or offering new services quickly.

NetNumber VP of Corporate Development Steve Legge had the opportunity to share our approach, radically simplifying signaling and control, which delivers true NFV benefits.  NetNumber TITAN provides a common infrastructure for the virtual delivery of real-time signaling and control combined with database services. TITAN radically simplifies the network core, which enables an operator to more quickly and easily roll out new services.  With many fewer boxes to manage, CAPEX investment is reduced. Additionally, TITAN results in a dramatic reduction in signaling between and within the voice, data and messaging networks, creating efficiency in communication.

What makes a true NFV solution? Share your perspective.

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