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NFV Essentials Week in Review: AT&T;, Italtel, Sandvine

October 08, 2016

AT&T, Italtel, and Sandvine were among the companies making headlines this week in NFV Essentials.

As contributing writer Frank Griffin reported, AT&T has enhanced its FlexWare solution to allow for more flexibility and network control. The platform, as a result, will be able to provision multiple virtual network functions on a single FlexWare device, have the ability to deploy them in various countries around the world, and manage them all through an intuitive web portal.

“AT&T FlexWare offers businesses flexible networking options,” said Roman Pacewicz, senior vice president for offer management and service integration at AT&T Business Solutions. “One size fits all doesn't allow businesses to compete. Our software-centric ecosystem allows businesses to start with one set of network functions and add as they go. We're empowering businesses to control and change their services to match their needs across the world.” 

Meanwhile, Italtel is expanding upon its software-centric capabilities as well, as contributing writer Steve Anderson reports.

That entails a new SDN application from the service provider called Netwrapper and a version of its NetMatch-S Cloud session border controller that is part of the Virtual Network Function Manager. Netwrapper enables users to alter the allocations of network resources as needed. The SBC allows for higher availability and more elasticity.

As for Sandvine, as Griffin explained in an article published earlier today, the company recently unveiled a traffic steering engine to help communications service providers more easily build large-scale network functions virtualization and service function chaining.

“Sandvine has been at the forefront on NFV deployments, with approximately 10 percent of our customers and partners now deploying or trialing our products virtually in the data plane,” said Sandvine CTO Don Bowman. “This experience in the early stages of NFV market adoption has allowed Sandvine to develop our Traffic Steering Engine to meet the needs of large operators looking to capitalize on the benefits of NFV and fulfill the vision of service function chaining at a massive scale.” 

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