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NEC and NetCracker complete Telefónica SDN/NFV proof of concept

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Spanish telco Telefónica has announced the successful completion of an SDN/NFV proof of concept in partnership with NEC and NetCracker.

The stated purpose of the SDN/NFV is “…to accelerate its strategy to automate operations and provide a new agile WAN on the business market.” The big deal about this PoC is that it covers the whole project, rather than just component parts.

One aspect of this was the creation of a virtualized VPN (a virtualized virtual private network?), which was in turn delivered over virtual customer premise equipment. That’s a lot of virtualization. NEC/NetCracker contributed the orchestration stack as well as several virtual network functions including a virtual SSL termination gateway and virtual firewall.

“The rising complexity of the WAN Network is a significant drain on our time-to-market KPIs,” said Eduardo Guardincerri, Service Development & Planning Director at Telefónica Business Solutions. “That is the primary reason to invest in Proofs of Concept, to address this important challenge.”

“Given the increasing demand for virtualized solutions, we are excited to work with Telefónica and demonstrate the in-depth capabilities of our innovative SDN/NFV solutions,” said Frank DeTraglia, Chief Customer Officer at NetCracker. “We are pleased with the results of this PoC and look forward to expanding our relationship with Telefónica as the market and demand for virtualized technologies grow.”


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