Crack the NFV Code for Free with our New NFV 101 Training Course

NFV 101 Training Course

Paul Fonte
Director of Future Infrastructure Group

Oct 9, 2018

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), Software-Defined Networking (SDN) and virtualization are transitioning from “buzz words” to reality. As this transition takes place, our members and other players in the ecosystem are asking:

  • What is NFV at its core?
  • How will it impact my operations?
  • What does it mean for my long-term strategy?

In an attempt to answer those questions, CableLabs has developed an NFV 101 training course. This seven-part training series:

  • Introduces NFV basics,
  • Key NFV requirements,
  • Use cases,
  • Current industry landscape,
  • The role of open source and standards,
  • And the future trends we’re expecting from this technology.

NFV will play a key role in shaping how we operate as an industry. With that in mind, this course was designed for anybody who wants to learn more about the technology. Let’s explore in more detail what to expect from each part of the series:

Part 1: NFV Basics

This section will lay the foundational building blocks by exploring what NFV is at its core. You will also find examples of how the technology will impact the network and where SDN plays a role with NFV.

NFV Basics

Part 2: Key NFV Requirements

For NFV implementations to be successful, key requirements must be met. This section explores what those requirements are and how to manage those requirements as you encounter them. These key requirements are:

  • Cloud-based network topology implementation
  • Environmental considerations (e.g., space, power)
  • Performance (e.g., latency, throughput)
  • Security
  • License management
  • Availability (e.g., reliability, resilience, fault management)

Part 3: NFV Use Cases

NFV presents some compelling use cases, and in this section, we’ll explore some of the most prominent that we’re seeing in the industry, including vFirewall, vCCAP Core with Remote PHY Device (RPD), and SD-WAN. This section also discusses how each use case will impact your operations and customer base.

NFV Use Cases

Part 4: Industry Landscape

In this section of the training, we will dive more deeply into the NFV architecture and what role each of the major components plays. This section will also highlight what roles network services and Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) play within NFV, along with how ETSI has impacted the development and maturity of this technology.

NFV Architecture

Part 5: Relevant Open-Source Projects

As NFV technology has matured, so have open-source initiatives to improve the technology and interoperability. This section will review the major open-source initiatives and the role they play within the architecture.

Relevant Open Source Projects

Part 6: CableLabs and NFV

As open source and standards mature and shape the future of NFV, CableLabs is playing a key role in helping shape those groups for the entire cable ecosystem. CableLabs has developed a program called SDN & NFV Application Platform and Stack (SNAPS™). SNAPS is the overarching program that provides the foundation for virtualization projects and deployment leveraging SDN and NFV. CableLabs spearheaded the SNAPS project to fill in gaps in the open-source community and to ease the adoption of SDN/NFV for our cable members.

CableLabs and NFV

Part 7: Future Trends

Leveraging NFV, cable is poised for the future with the best access network. In this section, we will review where NFV and SDN can take cable networks, along with what to expect from NFV as the technology matures and grows with production implementations.

Three Waves of NFV

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