This week, NetNumber is at the LTE World Summit in Amsterdam. The event kicked off with a Signaling Focus Day. One question that came up a couple of times throughout the day – is NFV a solution looking for a problem?
In our viewpoint, NFV provides value today where the hardware footprint is oversized for the service provided. Signaling can benefit through the use of COTS hardware as a first step into a flexible and dynamic world.
We see many vendors jumping on the NFV bandwagon by replicating their physical hardware and software layouts into virtual environments. This approach was evident in several vendor presentations during the event. Unfortunately, such an 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. Virtualized chaos is still chaos! 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 Lead Solution Architect Pieter Veenstra 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.
Do you think NFV has real benefits, or is it a solution looking for a problem? Share your perspective.