The weather was cold and the rain unrelenting in Düsseldorf, Germany last week for SDN & OpenFlow World Congress, but that did not stop the masses from visiting the ETSI NFV PoC Zone where Procera was presenting our ETSI Proof of Concept (PoC) #32.
What's the big takeaway from PoC #32? Beyond the fact that new services can be spun up in mere minutes? Once an operator has deployed this PCC service, it can be directly tied to monetization as the service's Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) can work in conjunction to report how much money the service is generating for the operator. We are starting to see a fulfillment on that NFV promise of increased service agility with more sophisticated and informed service creation capabilities.
The completion of this PoC also proves that NFV has reached a level of maturity that allows service providers to confidently install NFV solutions made up of multiple best-in-class vendors into their networks.
After seeing our PoC demo at the show, we often got asked, “What's next?” The ETSI NFV Framework has been established and widely adopted, and while some standards have been put in place there are definitely still some kinks to be shaken out and further standards to be decided upon. Further standardization will allow vendors like Procera to decrease the time lag between PoC and installation in a live environment and allow operators to take advantage of fully-cooked solutions sooner. For PoC #32, the next step is to work directly with our customers and install the service into a live environment. This will allow us and our partners to provide further feedback to standards groups, while also hardening our own VNFs and NFV infrastructure.
For more information, watch Procera and our partners further explain ETSI PoC #32.
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