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Understanding OPNFV

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Understanding OPNFV 10 Preface Network functions virtualization, or NFV, is a once in a generation disruption that will completely transform how networks are built and operated. This mega-trend will affect telecom operators and technology providers alike. In fact, it's hard to imagine the promise of 5G being realized without NFV. This revolution will also reverberate across the non-telecom world as it transforms use cases ranging from corporations connecting branches to their central data center, to smart cities providing city wide connectivity, to manufacturers, utilities and connected car builders creating IOT networks. Open source has revamped how enterprises build out their IT systems. Now, open source promises to do the same for NFV. OPNFV is the open source project for integrated testing of the full, next-generation networking stack to enable accelerated NFV. Engineering, network operations and business leaders in companies around the world are wondering what OPNFV is and how they can use it to their advantage. Whether you work for a telecom operator or a technology provider, this book will give you a complete overview of the OPNFV project so you can confidently provide direction to your technical team in terms of how to use or get involved with OPNFV. What This Book Covers Chapter 1, What is NFV?, provides an introduction to Network Functions Virtualization, the benefits of NFV, use cases, the role of ETSI, and NFV requirements. Chapter 2, NFV Transformation: Where's the CLI?, covers model drive architectures, DevOps, cloud native software, the impact of NFV transformation on an organization, and tips on how to

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