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Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is on the verge of transforming the networking industry. Together with Software Defined Networking, it will drive dramatic operational and capital cost reductions while also accelerating service delivery. These benefits will make NFV an absolutely indispensable technology for service providers, mobile operators, telcos, and enterprises alike. Therefore, practically every networking professional will need to understand NFV and its implications. Network Function Virtualization (NFV) with a Touch of SDN is the solution: the first entry-level guide to NFV's fundamental concepts, techniques, and use cases.
The authors begin by explaining how virtualization, VMs, containers, and related technologies establish the foundation for the NFV transformation. Next, they show how these concepts and technologies can be applied to virtualize network functions in the cloud, data centers, routing, security, and the mobile packet core. You'll discover new tools and techniques for managing and orchestrating virtualized network devices, and gain new clarity on how SDN and NFV interact and interrelate. By the time you're done, you'll be ready to interpret NFV vendor claims, assess architectures, and thoughtfully consider and plan NFV's role in your own networks.
1. The Journey to the Network Function Virtualization (NFV) Era
2. Virtualization Concepts
3. Virtualization of Network Functions
4. NFV Deployment in the Cloud
5. Software Defined Networking (SDN)
6. Stitching It All Together