Mobile Network Function Virtualization Fundamentals

  • ID: 3691147
  • Report
  • 101 pages
  • EJL Wireless Research
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Introduces 5 Steps towards Virtualization Full Multi-Vendor Interoperability Not on the Horizon

FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia)
  • China Mobile
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Wind River Systems
  • MORE
This report provides a comprehensive technology analysis on network function virtualization (NFV) and how it specifically applies to mobile networks. A detailed analysis covering the various equipment vendor ecosystems is included as well as an analysis on the current views on both a virtualized EPC and virtualized RAN (vRAN) within a mobile network as well as virtual baseband units (vBBU) and virtualized base stations (vBS).

Features:
Definitions and explanations of NF, NFV, and NFVI
NFV Reference Architecture
NFV Management and Orchestration (MANO) Requirements
NFV Use Cases
NFV Hardware Analysis
Open NFV
OpenDaylight
Equipment Vendor/Service Provider Ecosystems including
- Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia)
- China Mobile
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
- Ericsson
- Huawei Technologies
- Wind River Systems

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia)
  • China Mobile
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Wind River Systems
  • MORE
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION
1.1 Network Virtualization
1.2 Network Function Virtualization (NFV)
1.3 The relationship between SDN and NFV
1.4 ESTI NFV Work Group and Specification
1.5 OPNFV and Its Objectives

CHAPTER 2: WHAT PROBLEMS DOES THE INDUSTRY EXPECT NFV TO RESOLVE?
2.1 Network Services of NFV
2.2 ETSI Use Cases
2.3 General Comments to Use Cases

CHAPTER 3: REFERENCE ARCHITECTURE OF NFV
3.1 NFVI
3.2 NFV Ecosystem Environment
3.3 Open Source Development
3.4 Ecosystems Offered by Different Manufacturers/Operators
3.5 Open Daylight Project
Summary

CHAPTER 4: NETWORK VIRTUALIZATION VS. NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION57 
4.1 Network Virtualization Practical Use Cases
4.2 Projection of NFV and Possible Use Cases under Discussion
4.3 The relationship between NFV and standardization

CHAPTER 5: AGILE NETWORK AND NETWORK ORCHESTRATION REQUIREMENTS
5.1 Definition of an Agile Network
5.2 Functions of Network Orchestration
5.3 Network Design Criteria to Meet the Requirements of an Agile Network
5.4 Minimum Function Set Requirements for Network Orchestration

CHAPTER 6: DEPLOYMENT FACTORS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR NFV
6.1 When and Why Is NFV Needed?
6.2 The Benefits of Deploying NFV to an Existing Network
6.3 Justification of NFV Deployment Costs
6.4 NFV Ecosystem and Interoperability
6.5 Network Reliability

CHAPTER 7: CURRENT NFV CHALLENGES
7.1 Multi-vendor Operation
7.2 Open Source and Standardization
7.3 Issues associated with open source and protocols
Summary

CHAPTER 8: NFV HARDWARE ANALYSIS

CHAPTER 9: MARKET POTENTIAL AND CONCLUSIONS
9.1 The Status of Current NFV products Claimed on the Market

TABLES
Table 1: Comparison of Reliability Requirements between IT and Telecom
Table 2: Technical/Business Risks for Virtualization
Table 3: Development Risks for Virtualization
Table 4: OEM Vendor Network Function/Hardware Platform

EXHIBITS
Exhibit 1: Diagram of a Practical Network Architecture
Exhibit 2: Network Virtualization
Exhibit 3: PC Architecture as a Simplified Example of Internal Virtualization
Exhibit 4: Internal Virtualization
Exhibit 5: NFV Reference Architecture
Exhibit 6: Relationships between NFV, NV, and SDN
Exhibit 7: What the Service Provider is Expecting from NFV
Exhibit 8: OPNFV Platinum Members
Exhibit 9: OPNFV Arno Release Overview
Exhibit 10: An Architecture View of Virtualized EPC
Exhibit 11: Virtualized EPC on IA Server Platform
Exhibit 12: C-RAN Architecture Diagram
Exhibit 13:The Concept of Virtual RAN by China Mobile
Exhibit 14: LTE Mobile Network Diagram
Exhibit 15: RADISYS – Virtualized C-RAN for small cell deployment.
Exhibit 16: Altiostar Virtual RAN Architecture
Exhibit 17: ASOCS Fully Virtualized Base Station (vBS) in a Standard Cloud
Exhibit 18: Alcatel-Lucent vRAN Activity Timeline
Exhibit 19: Alcatel-Lucent 9771 Wireless Cloud Element Radio Network Controller (WCE RNC)
Exhibit 20: Alcatel-Lucent D-RAN/C-RAN/vRAN Evolution Diagram
Exhibit 21: Parallel Wireless 3G/4G/WiFi vRAN Architecture
Exhibit 22: Ongoing NFV MANO Work
Exhibit 23: NFV Reference Architecture
Exhibit 24: Alcatel-Lucent Cloud-Band™ Ecosystem
Exhibit 25: Hewlett-Packard Enterprise OpenNFV Reference Architecture
Exhibit 26: HPE OpenNFV Application Partner Ecosystem
Exhibit 27: Wind River Titanium Cloud Ecosystem Architecture
Exhibit 28: Wind River NFV Ecosystem Partners
Exhibit 29: OpenDaylight HYDROGEN Architecture (Release 1)
Exhibit 30: OpenDaylight HELIUM Architecture (Release 2)
Exhibit 31: OpenDaylight LITHIUM Architecture (Release 3)
Exhibit 32: OpenDaylight Release Timeline (Release 1-5), 2013-2016
Exhibit 33: Long Term Objective of NFV with Multi-vendor Configuration
Exhibit 34: Reference Points in NFV Reference Architecture
Exhibit 35: The Roles of Network Orchestrator
Exhibit 36: Management and Orchestration Function of VNF
Exhibit 37: Hardware Platform Evolution towards Virtualization
Exhibit 38: Virtual Network Functions and Common Hardware Platform
Exhibit 39: AdvanceTCA Modular Platform Concept

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FEATURED COMPANIES

  • Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia)
  • China Mobile
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei Technologies
  • Wind River Systems
  • MORE
The potential for full interoperability between different NFV ecosystems remains uncertain as it goes against the current telecommunications equipment vendor business model, according to the latest report from EJL Wireless Research titled “Mobile Network Virtualization Fundamentals.” “We believe the realization of full NFV will be a gradual and long term process. Along the way, new business models for equipment vendors will need to be created and built with the support of service providers. We have introduced the concept for a five step evolutionary process for hardware/software platforms to achieve NFV within the wireless market” says co-author, Donglin Shen. “While we believe that NFV benefits the current business model for equipment vendors within their own ecosystem, the issue of full multi-vendor interoperability highlights the ongoing business model differences between service providers and equipment vendors. It is the similar to full multi-vendor CPRI interoperability for the fronthaul link” says founder and President, Earl Lum.

The analysis covers the current reference architecture for NFV, the role of the OpenDaylight project, the current ecosystem of equipment vendors as well as the hardware/software platform impact to support NFV. Additionally, the analysis covers the current views on both a virtualized EPC and virtualized RAN (vRAN) within a mobile network as well as virtual baseband units (vBBU) and virtualized base stations (vBS).
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- Alcatel-Lucent (Nokia)
- China Mobile
- Ericsson
- Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
- Huawei Technologies
- Wind River Systems

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