Network Function Virtualization

Overall rating: 4.63 Instructor: 4.85 Materials: 4.67 more …

If you open a firewall, load balancer, WAN accelerator or almost any other network services appliance, you’ll find one or more x86 processors, standard GE/10GE NICs and some custom packet handling logic. Is there any reason we have to be tied to physical hardware? Wouldn’t it be better to deploy the same services in virtual machine format and make them flexible? That’s the fundamental concept of Network Function Virtualization.

Does it really make sense to replace physical network services appliances with virtual machines? What are the benefits and drawbacks of NFV approach? This 2-hour webinar will give you the answers you need to start evaluating applicability of NFV in your environment.


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About the Author

Ivan PepelnjakIvan Pepelnjak (CCIE#1354 Emeritus) has been analyzing OpenFlow technology and SDN ideas (and being pretty vocal about their shortcomings) since March 2011, resulting in a number of high-impact events, on-site SDN workshops for large enterprises and service providers, and vendor-sponsored webinars.

Ivan is the author of several SDN-related books, highly praised webinars, and dozens of OpenFlow and SDN-related technical articles published on his blog.

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About the webinar

A good reminder to start a PoC on virtualizing our SRXs and tying them to specific apps. This will start a KVM vs. VMware discussion with our systems folks but I think we're learning more towards KVM.

Kris Amundson
Keep up the good work. The timing of your course releases is in tune with when I need the information.
Kevin Gray
After seeing the webinar and getting the concepts down, it made my literature review easy to understand other concepts in that area. Good stepping stone in learning concepts.
Vito Leggio
Great webinar as all Ivan webinars.
Gabriel Sulbaran

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Wish it had included real life examples. e.g this is lesson learned while doing NVF with Palo Alto, ASA, Junos, AVI, F5, etc .. Also, discuss the hosting environment design some more.
Solomon Tekle