Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is transforming the telecom industry by changing the way networks are built and operated. End-to-end Network Services (NS) like Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), or elementary functions like edge routers and firewalls, are being delivered as software modules and instantiated in virtualized and cloud environments backed by high-volume commodity servers. This delivery model replaces the traditional approach of using fixed function, proprietary and expensive hardware.
A determining factor for NFV adoption is performance. Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs) running on standard multicore servers should perform at least as efficient as their legacy equivalents.
In a carrier network this requirement becomes even stronger to meet critical targets such as low latency, high throughput and deterministic behavior (low jitter), that ultimately guarantee exceptional quality of experience (QoE) for the end customer.
Intracom Telecom's NFV Accelerator is a platform that boosts the performance and energy efficiency of virtualized Network functions running on commercial of the shelf x86 servers to carrier grade levels.