Why Distributed Signaling and Media Makes Sense for Network Functions Virtualization Cloud Evolution?

Why Distributed Signaling and Media Makes Sense for Network Functions Virtualization Cloud Evolution?

August 24th, 2015

To meet the growth in real-time communications, service providers are increasingly moving to virtualize their networks and certain network functions. Having the ability to quickly introduce new services (in days and weeks as opposed to months and years), instantly turn services up and down based on demand and deploy these services more efficiently  are just a few of the advantages that network functions virtualization (NFV) promises.  But making a transition to an in NFV cloud environment is not always easy and can potentially pose unnecessary risks and severely limit service providers’ options.

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One of the critical components of a solid NFV strategy for Communications Service Providers (CSPs) is having the ability to separate and distribute signaling and media in their virtualized networks. Why is this so important?  I discuss the numerous benefits of distributed signaling and media and how it can help with a smooth transition to a cloud environment in a recent article titled Signaling the NFV Cloud Evolution on Light Reading’s The New IP.  Some of the benefits include media and transcoding resource optimization, significant cost savings and improved network performance. Check out the article here.  I would love to hear your feedback.   

Sanjay

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