Network Function Virtualization

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Network Function Virtualization, or NFV, is one of the hottest topics in the industry.  To some analysts, it is the next market transformation in the industry that will create and destroy market gorillas.    This paper discusses pioneering work on NFV that was done as part of a joint Proof of Concept between BT, HP, and Intel.  The Proof of Concept demonstrated the viability of replacing hardware-based appliances with virtualized software running on commodity servers.