The Rayno Report held another one of our social events on CrowdChat, LinkedIn, and Twitter on July 27. The topic was #NFV, or Network Functions Virtualization. The event covered the emergence of NFV, which will make it easier for service providers and cloud providers to deploy new communications and network services by deploying software on industry-standard hardware.
NFV is attractive because it can lower the capital expenditures (capex) and operating expenditures (opex) of service providers looking to deploy new services. Instead of building purpose-built infrastructure, as has been the practice for years, they can deploy commodity servers and swap services in and out via software only. This means that just about any service requiring a specialized hardware appliance could be moved into the cloud as a software service.