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ADVA Pushes NFV Technology with Introduction FSP 150-GE 110Pro Series


June 16, 2015

ADVA’s recent introduction of the FSP 150-GE110Pro Series is designed to help organizations that rely on networking to smoothly transition to a platform based on network functions virtualization (NFV). Using such technology will allow operators to save on labor and hardware costs, and implement scalable networks.

Munich, Germany-based ADVA Optical Networking develops innovative networking solutions for service providers and enterprises. Its products include scalable optical transport, carrier Ethernet, network timing mechanisms, and automatic network management platforms.

A company-issued whitepaper, Network Functions Virtualization: Value Creation with Innovative Network Interface Devices (NIDs) discusses the disadvantages of traditional network architecture and how NFV is a better solution.

A traditional network is a very hardware-centric system made up of components like cabling, routers, and gateways. Buying such equipment from a given vendor forces the customer to be tied to that company on a long-term basis. As the network grows, so does the hardware, and the staff needed to keep it running, and protect it from cyberattacks. Considerable space must be provided to house ‘stacks of boxes’ of various devices.

Switching to an NFV-based architecture allows organizations to avoid these common pitfalls with their networks. Since hardware is virtualized, it is scalable to grow as the customer’s needs grow. It is also more vendor agnostic, reduces the need for labor to provide support, and uses less space to house the infrastructure.

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An additional challenge that network operators face is that they often need to accommodate different services. The FSP 150-GE110Pro Series offers carrier Ethernet 2.0 and IP services demarcation in a single unit. This further reduces hardware requirements often imposed on networks.

To say that there is growth in NFV is a huge understatement. According to an Infonetics report, global carrier NFV and software defined networking (SDN) is expected to grow from the $500 million level in 2013 to over $11 billion in 2018, a 22-fold increase. If ADVA’s claims about being a market leader in NID technology and having a head start in the NFV market are accurate, the company appears to have positioned itself for success for the next few years. 




Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

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