Network Function Virtualization (NFV)

Best Network Function Virtualization (NFV) include:

Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO), Lumina VNF Manager, Cisco NFV, and Titanium Cloud.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Overview

What is Network Function Virtualization Software?

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) software is strongly related to, and frequently confused with, two other network agility technologies: Network Virtualization (NV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN):

  • Software-defined networking solves the problem of rapid network architecture design to handle very large traffic flows. Traditionally, in order to shape traffic, administrators would have to configure individual switches. SDN makes it possible to manage network traffic from a central console without having to deal with the hardware at all. This is achieved by decoupling the system that makes decisions about where traffic is sent (the control plane) from the systems that forward traffic to the correct destination (the data plane).
  • Network virtualization solves the very specific problem of how to move VMs across different logical domains. Rather than connecting them in a network, NV creates a tunnel through the existing network to connect two domains. This ability means that network administrators can move VMs independently of their existing infrastructure without having to reconfigure the network.
  • Network function virtualization is strongly associated with network virtualization. While network virtualization allows administrators to set up a VM by pointing and clicking, network function virtualization allows an administrator to set up a firewall or intrusion detection system or other service in the same way.
NFV decouples network functions like network address translation, firewalls, intrusion detection, DNS or other network services from proprietary hardware appliances, so that they can be created in software simulations. As NV creates tunnels through the network, NFV software can add a firewall or other network service with the same ease.

Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Products

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Cisco Routers
213 ratings
10 reviews
Cisco routers support secure, reliable enterprise connections. These enterprise routers help users implement an intent-based, future-ready WAN that is constantly learning, adapting, and protecting. Deploy routers for the branch, cloud, co-location, or the data center with any type of connectivity, i…
Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO)
1 rating
1 review
Cisco Network Service Orchestrator (NSO) provides a bridge linking network automation and orchestration tools with the underlying physical and virtual infrastructure. It includes a set of northbound software interfaces and APIs that allow straightforward northbound integration. An extensible southbo…
Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5000)
3 ratings
1 review
The Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System (ENCS 5000) is a router designed to support network function virtualization (NFV).
Lumina VNF Manager
Brocade's VNF Manager was acquired by Lumina and rebranded as the Lumina VNF Manager during Brocade's acquisition by Broadcom in late 2017.
Titanium Cloud
Titanium Cloud is a carrier grade communications server that is a fully integrated feature-complete NFV ready server.
Eltima Port Virtualization Technology
Eltima Port Virtualization Technology is a versatile solution, which may be integrated to the both hardware and software solutions. It helps to provide remote access feature to the end solution and may be implemented to any OS. The advanced USB and COM port redirection technology is compatible wit…
CenturyLink Cloud Connect
CenturyLink® Cloud Connect delivers secure, high-performance and virtualized networking functionality to leading public and private clouds — Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and many other leading public and private cloud environments. Our g…
CenturyLink SD-WAN Solutions
CenturyLink® SD-WAN with hybrid connectivity is a complete WAN solution supporting scalable networks across a range of connectivity types. They integrate disparate connectivity types into seamless hybrid software-defined WAN.Gain complete visibility through a centralized customer portal. Branches c…
Altran (formerly Aricent) VNF Manager
Altran (formerly Aricent) VNF Manager, from Altran, provides single-touch application and network function deployment, and easy deployment of applications and cloud resources.
Mavenir CloudRange
Mavenir, headquartered in Richardson, Texas, offers CloudRange, a network function virtualization (NFV) option. CloudRange allows CSPs to realize additional revenue streams by launching and scaling new services.
F5 Gi LAN VNF Service
F5 Networks provides Gi LAN VNF Service, a network function virtualization solution encompassing firewall and DDoS protection virtualization, policy provisioning and traffic management, as well as IP traffic optimization. Gi LAN VNF is managed under F5's VNF Manager (VNFM) , a service lifecycle mana…
F5 Gi Firewall VNF Service
F5 Networks offers the Gi Firewall Solution, a NFV solution encompassing firewall and DDoS protection virtualization, logging and other protection, managed under F5's VNF Manager (VNFM).
DXC Virtual Network Functions QuickStart
Via collaboration from AT&T, DXC Technologies offers the DXC Virtual Network Functions QuickStart solution, providing network function virtualization (NFV) capabilities to enterprises.
Ribbon Virtual Network Function Manager (VNFM)
Ribbon Communications headquartered in Westford offers the Ribbon Virtual Network Function Manager (VNFM), or Ribbon VNF Manager, for managing of VNF services.
Cisco Secure Agile Exchange (SAE)
Cisco Secure Agile Exchange (SAE) is a solution that enables enterprises to interconnect users to applications quickly and securely by virtualizing the network edge (DMZ) and extending it to colocation centers, the crossroads of Internet traffic.
AudioCodes Universal CPE (uCPE)
AudioCodes Universal CPE (uCPE) provides a remotely manageable platform on which hosted service providers can easily deploy, modify or delete VNFs over Wide Area Networks (WAN).
AudioCodes Mediant Virtual Edition (VE)
AudioCodes Mediant Virtual Edition (VE) is a scalable solution supporting SIP interoperability, media handling (including transcoding) and security. It provides full SBC functionality for enterprises and service providers looking to deliver voice services such as hosted business services, unified co…
Juniper Contrail Service Orchestration
Contrail Service Orchestration is a software platform bridging enterprise and multitenant service provider solutions including secure SD-WAN, Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), telco cloud, and more. It’s available as an on-premises product and a cloud-managed service.
Cisco SD-WAN Cloud  OnRamp for Colocation
By deploying Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp for Colocation solution in colocation centers, users can virtualize network services and other applications, and consolidate them into a single platform. The primary goal of the Cisco SD-WAN Cloud OnRamp for Colocation solution is to facilitate secure multiclou…
Cisco NFV
Cisco NFV allows users to run network functions on general-purpose hardware and take network functions in and out of service, and scale them up and down easily.
Ciena Blue Planet Intelligent Automation Portfolio
Blue Planet, now a Ciena company, offers an open intelligent automation portfolio, that aims to let service providers use deep knowledge about the network to power adaptive optimization of the network and services. It facilitates the evolution toward more efficient and modernized operations by bring…
Versa FlexVNF
Versa FlexVNF from Versa networks in San Jose is a multi-service, multi-tenant software platform built from ground up on cloud principles to deliver scale, segmentation, programmability and automation. It provides both networking and security functions in a single software along with service chainin…
Juniper Contrail Networking
7 ratings
0 reviews
Juniper Networks supports SDN with Contrail Networking, a solution that provides dynamic end-to-end networking policy and control for any cloud, any workload, NFV, and any deployment, from a single user interface. It translates abstract workflows into specific policies, simplifying the orchestration…