Network functions virtualization (NFV) service assurance
Following the dynamic network evolution of NFV/SDN enabled networks, probes are going virtual as well and are being deployed and instantiated as virtual resources.
In order to do so, Astellia has defined a phased approach to virtualization:
- In 2016, Astellia’s probes are evolving to software probes, able to run on commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware or as a virtual appliance.
- In 2017, we will propose a fully virtualized probe (vProbe) that can be dynamically instantiated in an OpenStack orchestrated environment. Gradually, Astellia’s vProbe will evolve and enable closed-loop orchestration.
As long as the entire network isn’t completely virtualized, a combination of both physical and vProbes will coexist to provide a true end-to-end network visibility.
Today, more than 80% of Astellia’s solutions are already provided as VM. Probe processing, mediation and applications are now completely virtualized.