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Verizon Virtualizes Data Centers: Hearing NFV Call Loud and Clear

April 28, 2016

The cloud was once a topic of conversation at cocktail parties and networking events but in recent years has moved beyond fodder and the dream that was virtualization – today its taking shape. Scalability, performance and cost savings are a few of the benefits serving as impetus for greater innovation and development in this game-changing area of technology.

Solidifying the cloud movement, this week Verizon announced the completion of network function virtualization OpenStack in five data centers – the industry’s largest network function virtualization. Verizon launched the NFV project in 2015 and partnered with Dell and red to create a core-based production design with pod architecture offerings the service provider the hyperscale capabilities required to meet network requirements.

The deployment spans 50 racks in five production data centers, taking less than nine months to go from concept to completion. This the first step in a long range plan, an additional deployment underway at its sixth data center in the United States. And in the coming months will expand to global locations.

The company's VP of Network Technology Planning, Adam Koeppe, said, "Building on our history of innovation, this NFV project is another step in building Verizon's next-generation network – with implications for the industry. New and emerging applications are highlighting the need for collaborative research and development in technologies like NFV. We consider this achievement to be foundational for building the Verizon cloud that serves our customers' needs anywhere, anytime, any app."

Verizon utilized the open source community to test the concept on a large scale, with partners aiding by constructing and testing big scale test beds the telecom service provider was able to validate the NFV pod design.

Virtualization is transforming the network, providing the reliability, performance and scalability required in the data center minus the headache of hardware. Today, when people discuss the cloud it is no longer just a sketch on a cocktail napkin. And with Verizon making its foray into the space, invested and indulging in this burgeoning technology arena there’s only one thing to say: “Yes cloud, I can hear you now.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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