An Introduction to Network Functions Virtualization

As NFV based technology becomes more prevalent within service provider networks and is also envisaged to be a key enabler for 5G, this course seeks to clarify the key concepts and architectural requirements associated with NFV. The commercial considerations of NFV will be discussed, along with an exploration of the key NFV functional elements and deployment considerations.

This course will contain the following sections:


  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • NFV key concepts and terminology
  • Evaluating the benefits of NFV
  • CAPEX and OPEX considerations
  • Time to market
  • Enhanced agility and flexibility
  • Inside the cloud
  • Architecture, technology and techniques
  • ETSI Standardization efforts
  • Cloud Computing Standards and their role with NFV
  • NFV Use Cases
  • IaaS, VNFaaS, VNPaaS
  • Virtualization of Mobile Core Network
  • Virtualization of Mobile Radio Network
  • Virtualization Layer
  • Virtualized Infrastructure Manager
  • Hypervisors
  • Orchestrator
  • VNF Manager
  • OSS/BSS
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • Differences in Network Service Provisioning
  • Decoupling software from hardware
  • Flexible network function deployment
  • Dynamic operation
  • High level NFV framework
  • Virtualized Network Functions and the NFVI (NFV Infrastructure)
  • NFV Management and Orchestration
  • Network Function forwarding graphs
  • Exploration of NVF functional elements
  • VNF
  • Element Management System
  • NFV Infrastructure
  • Hardware and virtualized resources
  • Virtualization Layer
  • Virtualized Infrastructure Manager
  • Hypervisors
  • Orchestrator
  • VNF Manager
  • OSS/BSS
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Topic areas covered include
  • NFV complimentary technologies
  • Service Orientated Architecture
  • Network Virtualization
  • Software Defined Networking and OpenFlow
  • NFV security considerations
  • Migration to NFV
  • 3GPP specific NFV deployments examples
  • IMS
  • LTE
  • RAN
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