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SDN and NFV: A Q&A with HP’s Dave Larson



In preparation of the publication of the HP Industry Insight eZine—and HP's presence at Mobile World Congress 2014—we offer a sneak peak at what HP’s Dave Larson, Chief Technology Officer of Networking, has to say about Software-Defined Networks working in tandem with Network Functions Virtualization (NFV), enabling CSPs to open new revenue streams and offer new services.


HP Networking is very active in both the SDN and NFV space. Can you tell us what you are doing to help the service providers?


DL: SDN is an important step in helping CSPs become more agile as the size and dynamism of their networks increase. And it’s a key enabler for successful deployments of NFV in the CSP environment. Working together, SDN and NFV provide synergies for creating a complete architecture to help CSPs become more innovative and competitive.


Do you see NFV as a new infrastructure model for network functions, creation of new network functions and services, or a combination of these? Or do you see NFV from a different perspective?


DL:Once you combine NFV with SDN, the answer is “All of the above.” SDN is a complimentary technology for NFV. In turn, NFV deployments can enable easier deployment of SDN. 


It has been suggested that NFV will co-exist with traditional network functions and architectures for CSPs, and that this will require solid integration between NFV and OSS. Do you see this as a key consideration?


DL: We see this as a key requirement for the CSP. Virtualized network devices and architecture should be interoperable and manageable just like physical networks, with the added benefits of being more flexible, agile, and scalable.


These are just a few of the questions—and abbreviated answers—you’ll find in the NFV Edition of Industy Edge, or check out the HP booth at Mobile World Congress.


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HPB20397_MWC_Cover-95x124_NoTitles.pngHP Industry Edge eZine—NFV edition

The latest edition of HP Industry Edge is devoted entirely to NFV.  

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