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NFV Management and Orchestration (NFV MANO)

Service Providers are relying on Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) , an ETSI industry specification, to achieve on-demand delivery of network services by avoiding long hardware deployment cycles. ETSI NFV supports dynamic work loads by scaling out virtual network functions (VNF) using industry standard high volume servers, switches and storage infrastructure. Further, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) enables the IT administrator to quickly identify capacity bottlenecks and migrate tenant services for effective resource utilization. However, support for VNF introduces new challenges such as placement, management and troubleshooting in a multi-vendor environment.

NFV Management and Orchestration

NFV Orchestrator and VNF Manager

Anuta Networks NCX acts as the NFV Orchestrator and VNF Manager for leading L2-L7 virtual network functions from multiple vendor products such as Cisco CSR1000V, Cisco Nexus 1000V, Cisco XRV, VMware DVS, Citrix NetScaler VPX, F5 BIG-IP, Juniper vSRX, Juniper Firefly, Vyatta vRouter & Firewall and Riverbed Steelhead WAN Optimization. NCX delivers the complete NFV MANO functionality and offers life cycle management including VNF instantiation, placement, image management, service definitions, provisioning, commissioning and decommissioning.

NCX provides a single management interface abstracting physical and virtual networks and services. The network administrator uses the NCX service designer to build the VNF forwarding graphs that are published to self-service catalogs. Based on the tenants’ choice, NCX will select from a resource pool of L2-L7 VNFs and construct service chains as per the VNF forwarding graph and delivers the network service within minutes. NCX will handle the various differences across these vendors using its model-driven abstraction technology.

In addition, NCX detects problems related to performance and availability that impact both physical and virtual network functions. Detected problems are mapped to the service instance and the tenant, helping quick isolation of the root cause of the problem. Further, the entire NCX functionality is available via REST API for integration with existing OSS/BSS tools in the Service Provider environments.

With NCX, customers can easily replace a physical network appliance with a VNF without changing the service definition. Similarly, customers can replace a VNF from one vendor with a VNF from a different vendor. All of these can be achieved without impacting any end-user experience thus allowing a smoother migration from today’s inflexible networks to virtualized environments.

Anuta NCX enables service providers to embrace Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and accelerate service delivery while reducing overall costs.

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Supported Network Functions

Anuta NCX platform orchestrates both PNFs and VNFs from various industry leading vendors. For the latest list, checkout Supported Network Functions.