Nokia Sets the Example in VNF Testing for Entire Virtualization Community

By CIOReview | Wednesday, January 27, 2016

FREMONT, CA: Nokia announced independently evaluation of its Virtual Network Functions (VNF) technology by the European Advanced Networking Test Center AG (EANTC) and it expects the results to be published in coming weeks. EANTC, an independent test center for telecommunications technologies based in Berlin, conducted two visits to the Nokia facilities in Mountain View, CA, over the past two months.

EANTC carried out both performance as well as scalability tests on two VNFs, the Virtualized Service Router (VSR) and Virtualized Mobile Gateway (VMG). The VSR is capable of 320Gbit/s half duplex in a single x86 server, managed by AlcaLu's 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM). The VMG is an Evolved Packet Core (EPC) mobile gateway that supports multiple network functions across 2G/3G/4G cellular and Wi-Fi access networks. However, the big news here is not the technical aspects but that Nokia has been brave enough to offer its VNF tech for testing. This offers network operators with the required information to evaluate and choose the right provider as New IP comes calling.

New IP technology is touted as the next big thing in telecommunications technology, helping network operators save money on their capital expenditure and operational expenditure. The technology also facilitates enhanced customer experience by offering customers greater control and flexibility in choosing services and applications from their network operator. Nokia has set a benchmark for the entire virtualization community by coming forward to embrace VNF testing.