Network function virtualisation (NFV)
Network Function Virtualisation
Scalable and flexible network
Network function virtualisation (NFV) allows us to replace a network's physical hardware components with an unlimited number of virtual, software-based components. NFV is therefore an excellent way to make the network more flexible and more scalable.
Proof of concept
SURF is currently working on a proof-of-concept environment with NFV. The network architecture we are developing will support the provision of high-availability and high-performance virtual network functions. The aim of the proof of concept is to set up a framework that can be used as a foundation for virtualising various types of network functions, depending on the wishes and requirements of institutions.
The proof of concept is starting by testing virtual firewall functions. The advantage of a virtual firewall is that, as an institution, you no longer need to invest in hardware over a lengthy period of time. The firewall functions shift into a virtualised environment and are software-based. Virtual firewall functions are therefore easy to change whenever your wishes or requirements change, and this is what makes a virtual firewall scalable and flexible.
The infrastructure for NFV is constructed in a number of phases:
- Initial implementation of a virtual firewall
- Execution of performance testing
- Testing availability approaches
- Start of a pilot project with a number of institutions
Would you like to take part in the pilot project?
If your institution would like to participate in a pilot project involving virtual firewalls, or if you want to share your ideas about NFV in education and research, then please contact Richa Malhotra.
- Read the blog The network of the future – a new technology domain: network function virtualisation
- View the presentation of the Netwerkdag 2016 Virtuele netwerkfuncties (NFV): wat is de toegevoegde waarde voor instellingen? (pdf)
- Start date
- 01 Jan 2017
- Verbindende infrastructuren