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Understanding OPNFV 18 Although most people think of it in terms of telecommunications, NFV encompasses a broad set of use cases, from Role Based Access Control (RBAC) based on application or traffic type, to Content Delivery Networks (CDN) that manage content at the edges of the network (where it is often needed), to the more obvious telecom-related use cases such as Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia System (IMS). Benefits of NFV NFV is based on the "Google infrastructure for everyone else" trend where large companies attempt to copy the best practices from the web giants to increase revenue and customer satisfaction while also slashing operational and capital costs. This explains the strong interest in NFV from both telcos and enterprises with numerous benefits: Increased Revenue New services can be rolled out faster (since we are writing and trying out code vs. designing ASICs or new hardware systems), and existing services can be provisioned faster (again, software deployment vs. hardware purchases). For example, Telstra's PEN product was able to reduce the provisioning time for WAN-on-demand from three weeks to seconds, eliminate purchase orders and man-hours of work and reduce customer commitment times for the WAN

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