back to article ETSI, CableLabs ask telco SDOs to help unscramble the NFV egg

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and CableLabs are worried that network function virtualisation (NFV) could fracture, and have hosted a confab in Louisville, Colorado this week designed to keep everybody marching more or less in step. NFV is part of the burgeoning "software defined"-ness of everything …

  1. Mage Silver badge
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    NFV & Software defined

    "Instead of a system like a base station being wrapped up in a piece of hardware, it's turned into software that can run in virtual machines on generic (for example, x86) hardware."

    Absolute hype and nonsense. You STILL need the real hardware and networking software everywhere. The "Software Defined" is really just a meta management layer on top to more easily manage a system of networks, edge routers, routers, firewalls, home servers, base stations etc rather than logging into a unique interface on each one separately.

    1. Terry Barnes

      Re: NFV & Software defined

      You're confusing NFV and SDN.

      NFV is absolutely about replacing expensive proprietary networking kit with commodity hardware. A base station might be a stretch at the moment, but for routers, switches, firewalls, SBCs it's all systems go.

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