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NFV - Network Function Virtualization
Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a concept closely-related to software defined networking (SDN) whereby certain aspects of network operations (routing for example) are de-coupled from hardware and delivered as a software-only product or service. The software solutions sometimes called Virtual Machine (VM) Software Editions. Network operators, service providers, and enterprise network administrators can employ Virtualized Network Functions (VNF) to accelerate deployment of network services, cut capital expenses and reduce operating costs. Many tasks formerly handled by dedicated hardware devices can be implemented as VNFs with lower cost and reduced network complexity. Examples of Patton software solutions now delivered as NFV implementations include:

  • Virtual session border controller - a virtual enterprise session border controller, or eSBC, may be operated in the cloud or downloaded onto standardized general-purpose (bare metal) hardware to provide secure SIP trunking or hosted enterprise telephony services.
  • Virtual Enterprise Router
  • Virtual VPN Server
  • Virtual IPv4 to IPv6 Network Gateway

Other network virtualized network functions that Patton has delivered according to the NFV paradigm include firewall, load balancing, QoS and WAN acceleration.

Edge Orchestration
While not a VNF per se, cloud-based Network Edge Orchestration (a.k.a. intelligent edge) is typically required to activate, configure, scale (up or down), monitor and control VNF-based services delivered across the network.

Show Me: Virtualized Network Functions

Network Orchestration / Edge Orchestration

Network Orchestration - Network Orchestration / Edge Orchestration

Network Orchestration

Patton Cloud edge orchestration provides a host of services for network monitoring, network analysis, network troubleshooting, network Wide Area Network (WAN) optimization, network traffic monitoring, and much, much more. Watch the videos below to learn more.
Teach Me: What is a Virtualized Network Function (VNF)?
Virtualized Network Functions employ virtualization technology to deliver networking services traditionally provided by dedicated hardware appliances. Virtualization removes a software function or service from interdependence with a resident hardware device. This de-coupling allows multiple hardware devices and multiple instances of the software to be geographically and logically distributed, thus providing redundancy, enabling greater scalability, and delivering higher availability. Server virtualization is a common application that employs a hypervisor - a layer of software used to emulate the underlying hardware in a conventional server implementation.

Typical NFV Applications Virtual machine technology, that is VNF-based products and services, can be used to address many different challenges when implementing a complex communications network. Several of the most common NFV use cases are described in the examples above.

Network Function Virtualization Terminology
Short Glossary of Related Acronyms
NFV - Network Function Virtualization
VNF - Virtualized Network Function
SDN - Software Defined Networking
SD WAN - Software Defined Wide Area Network
VMM - Virtual Machine Monitor
VM - Virtual Machine
uCPE - Universal CPE
CPE - Customer Premise Equipment
IaaS - Infrastructure as a Service
SaaS - Software as a Service

Common NFV Synonyms and related terms
Virtual Operating System
Virtualization Technology
Virtual System
VMS software
Virtual Network
Cloud Computing
Server Virtualization
Whitebox CPE
Bare Metal CPE

Analog VoIP Gateways
SmartNode, M-ATA
Micro Analog Telephone Adapter
SmartNode, SN100
Analog ATA/Router | 1 or 2-Analog Ports
SmartNode, SN200
Analog Telephone Adapter (ATA) & VoIP Gateway
SmartNode, SN2290
Analog-over-IP Leased Line Extender | 2 or 4 lines
SmartNode, SN4110
Analog VoIP Gateway | 2, 4, 6 or 8 ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN4140
Analog VoIP Gateway | 2, 4 or 8 analog ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN4140E
Industrial & Military-Grade Rugged VoIP Gateway | 2, 4 or 8 Analog Ports
SmartNode, SN4150
Analog & BRI VoIP Gateway | 2 BRI/2 FXS-FXO or 4 BRI/4 FXS-FXO ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN4300
IpChannelBank Analog VoIP Gateway | 16, 24 or 32 FXS or FXO ports
SmartNode, SN4740
Analog High Density Gateway | 16 to 128 ports
BRI VoIP Gateways
SmartNode, SN4120
Single/Dual-BRI ISDN VoIP Gateway | 2 or 4 calls
SmartNode, SN4130
BRI VoIP Gateway | 2, 4 or 8 S0 ISDN ports for up to 16 simultaneous phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN4150
Analog & BRI VoIP Gateway | 2 BRI/2 FXS-FXO or 4 BRI/4 FXS-FXO ports for up to 8 phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN-DTA
ISDN Digital Terminal Adapter
SS7 Gateways
SmartNode, SN10100
4 to 16 x T1/E1/J1 Media Gateway
SmartNode, SN10200
16 to 64 x T1/E1/J1, 1 to 3 DS3, or 1 OC3/STM-1 Edge Media Gateway
SmartNode, SN10300
16 to 1024 x T1/E1/J1, 1 to 48 DS3, or 1 to 16 OC3/STM-1 Edge/Core Media Gateway
T1/E1/PRI VoIP Gateways
SmartNode, SN10100
4 to 16 x T1/E1/J1 Media Gateway
SmartNode, SN4170
PRI VoIP Gateway | One T1/E1/PRI interface for up to 30 simultaneous phone or fax calls
SmartNode, SN4970A
PRI VoIP Gateway | 1 or 4 T1/E1/PRI interface for up to 120 simultaneous phone or fax calls
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