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Netronome 2017 Predictions: Virtualization of Mobile Networks Sets the Stage for 5G and IoT

VMblog Predictions 2017

Virtualization and Cloud executives share their predictions for 2017.  Read them in this 9th annual series exclusive.

Contributed by Nick Tausanovitch, vice president of solutions architecture, Netronome

Virtualization of Mobile Networks Sets the Stage for 5G and IoT

2017 will be the year that virtualization of mobile networks moves from concept to reality.  The benefit of using a cloud-based model to implement network functions, also known as network functions virtualization (NFV), has already been broadly accepted by telecom service providers as a key goal.  In fact, the cloudification of mobile networks is a foundational underpinning and key architectural paradigm for 5G and IoT networks and is required to implement functions such as dynamic network slicing, for example.

Deployment of NFV by telecom service providers in 2017 will result in reduced cost of network infrastructure, more rapid service deployment, and dynamic scalability of services.  In addition, many service providers will begin to expand their business offerings to include private and public cloud services using the same efficient and common infrastructure.  As a result, many of the solutions developed and validated for NFV, such as acceleration and offload of server-based virtual switching for example, will find their way back into cloud service provider and enterprise cloud applications, due to the same clear benefits.

Another area that will see a lot of attention is maximizing operational efficiency.  Heterogeneous data centers (where there are many different compute node configurations to handle different workloads) are a headache for operators, and result in increased operational complexity while mitigating the ability to freely place and optimize workloads.  Homogeneous compute node infrastructures will become an attractive alternative, where all compute nodes are equipped with acceleration embedded in the server on a new generation of SmartNICs, at minimal incremental cost and power levels.  This will remove restrictions on workload placement and greatly simplify orchestration, as well as the underlying network infrastructure. 

The service provider community learned a lot from the cloud movement and has taken things to the next level to solve some tough problems.  In 2017, as we see these solutions come to fruition, we should begin to see the benefits coming back to IT and public cloud communities and further rounds of cross-pollination.


About the Author

Nick Tausanovitch, vice president of solutions architecture, is responsible for cloud data center applications of Netronome's intelligent server adapter products. Nick has a long history in the networking industry in positions ranging from FPGA and ASIC design, switching and routing system architecture, leading into product marketing. Prior to Netronome, Nick was responsible for the high-end network processor product line at Broadcom. Prior to this, Nick was director of electronic design at IDT, where he developed network search engines. Before IDT, Nick was a system architect at Nortel, where he developed switches, routers, and network processors.

Nick Tausanovitch 

Published Monday, November 21, 2016 7:02 AM by David Marshall
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