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Industry Confidence in NFV Reflected in Survey at Ethernet & SDN Expo

NFV may be a new kid on the block, but there is a high degree of confidence in its ability to live up to its promises. That's according to a survey RAD conducted at the Ethernet & SDN Expo.

Mahwah, NJ, October 13, 2013 --( With Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) deployments on the horizon, there is high confidence that it will deliver the benefits that it promises, according to a RAD-sponsored survey at last week's Ethernet & SDN Expo in New York.

The survey, conducted among event attendees, asked several NFV-related questions. To measure expectations that NFV will deliver its promised benefits, respondents were asked to rate their confidence on a scale of 1-to-10. A full two-thirds expressed high confidence with a rating in the 7-10 range. Asked where they think NFV will have its biggest impact, a third of respondents pointed to the network core, while half said it would be either in the data center, network edge, or customer premises.

"This was a very interesting result," commented Dr. Yuri Gittik, Head of Strategic Marketing at RAD. "The common perception is that NFV will be implemented in data centers, but there is clearly an understanding that it makes sense to locate NFV in other parts of the network as well,” he continues. “Within this Distributed NFV approach, RAD specifically focuses on NFV at the customer premises."

"This survey tells us that there is a very good feeling out there about NFV," Gittik noted. "Service provider representatives recognize what NFV can do for their networks and believe that these promises are more than hype." Forty percent of respondents said they expect to implement NFV capabilities in one–to- two years, while a third said it would be within a year.

The survey was conducted by RAD on October 2-3 at Ethernet & SDN Expo. Just over half the respondents were service provider representatives.

About RAD
RAD Data Communications provides Service Assured Access solutions that reduce operational complexity and improve service profitability for retail, wholesale and mobile service providers, as well as evolutional migration solutions for service providers and power and transportation utilities, facilitating a smooth, secure and cost-effective transition to packet-based networks. RAD’s multi-faceted in-house technology embraces OAM and performance management; service assurance; traffic management; fault management; synchronization and timing over packet; TDM pseudowire; ASIC and FPGA development; hardware miniaturization; and SFP form-factor solutions. The company's installed base exceeds 12,000,000 units and encompasses more than 150 service providers around the world, as well as scores of power utilities, transportation systems and government institutions. RAD is active in industry standardization bodies such as the Broadband Forum, IETF, ITU, MEF, and NFV ISG. RAD is a member of the $1.2 billion RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: Twitter:
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