|[June 16, 2014]
RAD Becomes First Vendor to Launch a Customer Edge Distributed NFV Solution and Ecosystem
SINGAPORE --(Business Wire)--
RAD has become the industry's first developer of Network Functions
Virtualization (NFV) technology to introduce a dedicated customer-edge
Distributed NFV (D-NFV) solution to the market.
The company has announced that a customer-edge D-NFV solution, based on
its ETX, a powerful Layer 2/Layer 3 Network Termination Unit (NTU), is
now commercially available. The NTU is equipped with a D-NFV x86 server
module that functions as a virtualization engine at the customer edge.
It is being unveiled this week at CommunicAsia 2014 in Singapore.
"The typical perception of NFV is that virtualized network functions
(VNFs) should be implemented in data centers, but, from a service
provider's standpoint, they would best be located where they will be
most effective and least expensive," explains Ulik Broida, Vice
President of Marketing and Business Development at RAD. "Service
providers, therefore, should be free to locate NFV in all possible
locations, from the data center to the network node to the customer
premises," he continues. "In addition, VNFs placed at the customer edge
facilitate effective ramp-up of NFV solutions with a centerless
NFV approach that requires a minimum of upfront investment and risk
while providing service agility," Broida notes. "RAD has designed its
solution also to be an ideal first phase towards full-scale NFV
deployment, which may combine VNFs at the customer edge, the network
nodes and at the data center."
Together with the solution's launch, RAD has announced the formaton of
the RAD D-NFV Alliance, an application ecosystem of network functions
and value added capabilities. While it is open to all vendors, RAD
pre-tests and certifies each application to ensure optimum quality and
performance. The ecosystem embraces multiple virtualized application
categories, such as security, networking and testing tools.
PoC Testing with Major Carriers
RAD will conduct a live D-NFV demonstration at CommunicAsia, coming on
the heels of the widespread interest that was expressed at similar live
demos held at other major industry events. The company has been running
D-NFV testing with major carriers since the middle of last year, and
publicly co-presented a "Multi-vendor Distributed NFV" PoC within ETSI's
NFV ISG framework, together with its carrier sponsor, CenturyLink (NYSE:
CTL) and three other vendor participants: Cyan (NYSE: CYNI), Fortinet (News - Alert)
(NASDAQ: FTNT) and Certes Networks.
"We see great potential with this unique and innovative approach," said
Adam Boone, Chief Marketing Officer at Certes. "D-NFV promises to be a
perfect platform for our end-to-end encryption solutions, including our
virtual security enforcement product, vCEP, which encrypts data in
motion in virtual and cloud environments."
Since 1981, RAD has pioneered innovative technologies that are designed
to boost performance and improve the way service providers compete.
These include MEF (News - Alert) Carrier Ethernet 2.0, Layer 2 and Layer 3 performance
monitoring, application awareness and Network Functions Virtualization
(NFV), ASIC and FPGA development, hardware miniaturization and SFP
enhancement, and timing synchronization. Much of these developments have
shaped industry standards through RAD's active role in organizations
such as the Broadband Forum, ETSI, IETF, ITU, and the MEF.
With an installed base of more than 12,000,000 units, RAD works closely
with worldwide operators and service providers including A1 Telekom
Austria, Bharti Airtel (News - Alert), CenturyLink, China Mobile, China Telecom, Claro,
Deutsche Telekom/T-Mobile, Embratel, France Telecom/Orange, Hutchison,
KDDI, KPN, SoftBank, Telef�nica, TeliaSonera (News - Alert), Telstra, Telus, Verizon
International, and Vodafone.
RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world
leader in communications solutions.
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