... the NID enables the rapid deployment of new IP-based business services to the end user without the need for any further hardware or onsite visits.
ADVA Optical Networking’s joint demonstration is underpinned by a new Network Interface Device (NID) that is currently in development. The advanced NID features a built-in server that enables the creation of several virtual network functions in the device itself. When deployed at the customer premise, the NID enables the rapid deployment of new IP-based business services to the end user without the need for any further hardware or onsite visits. These NIDs will prove critical for any service provider seeking to develop NFV-centric networks, especially with the associated need for more sophisticated network termination equipment. The NID’s point-and-click GUI ensures easy service provisioning and has been developed using open source OpenStack software. This open approach provides a seamless path to network integration.
Moving from a hardware-centric customer premise solution to a software-focused approach represents a paradigm shift for the networking industry. Until now, the development of new network edge functions required the installation of separate physical appliances. The associated capital and operating costs of these appliances are significant. However, with NFV at the network’s edge, these costs are dramatically reduced. Individual services and the associated physical devices are collapsed onto a single software-driven NID. ADVA Optical Networking’s joint demonstration will be available to view at the MPLS SDN World Congress from 17th March until 20th March, 2015.