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Executive Summary: Reduce NFV Risk - Pursue Network Virtualization First - 5 Independent Platforms Meet 16 Operator Requirements Today

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Report Summary:

Telco Cloud Operators risk failure in Network Function Virtualization (NFV) unless they incorporate the capabilities of proven legacy networking platforms that go well beyond the limited centralized architecture of Data Center Cloud virtualization. Google and Amazon are insufficient models for global public network virtualization.

Unless telecommunications service providers look beyond the hierarchical ‘terminal to host’ model of the Internet, they will be taking huge risks in their NFV network implementations.

To manage the risky NFV evolution, operators should first leverage currently available high performance virtualized networking platforms as they hone their operations.

This Executive Summary summarizes requirements for operators to compare network platforms; and lists five independent platforms from Hitachi-CTA, NetNumber, Openwave Mobility and Radisys - that meet relevant criteria for proven NFV compatible scalable distributed network functionality.

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Table of Contents

I. Distributed Networking as the Paradigm for ‘Telco Cloud’ Network Virtualization

Distributed Computing and Distributed Networking

II. Network Virtualization Platform Requirements

Checklist: 16 Requirements for Virtualized Network Platforms

III. Applying Platform Criteria

IV. Service Platforms

How Five Platforms meet 16 Network Virtualization Requirements

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