Telecom services are shifting to a cloud infrastructure, in which new services can be rapidly provisioned by deploying virtual network functions (VNFs) instead of physical boxes. This dramatically reduces the operating cost of carrier networks and allows carriers to invest in new infrastructure as revenue grows. To gain the full benefit of this new cloud infrastructure, carriers need to build a network of carrier-grade platforms that support network functions virtualization (NFV) from the data center and central office to remote base stations. This requires a new class of scalable platform that combines high-performance switching and server-class processing performance with five-nines availability, along with options that comply with the relevant equipment practice and power/thermal footprints of central offices and other telecom locations. This white paper explores the benefits of deploying a telecom cloud infrastructure for both carriers and their customers and examines the changes in modular platform development required to meet the demands of virtualized environments.
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