Management and orchestration challenges in network functions virtualization
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NFV continues to draw immense attention from researchers in both industry and academia. By decoupling NFs from the physical equipment on which they run, NFV promises to reduce CAPEX and OPEX, make networks more scalable and flexible, and lead to increased service agility. However, despite the unprecedented interest it has gained, there are still obstacles that must be overcome before NFV can advance to reality in industrial deployments, let alone delivering on the anticipated gains. While doing so, important challenges associated with network and function MANO need to be addressed. In this article, we introduce NFV and give an overview of the MANO framework that has been proposed by ETSI. We then present representative projects and vendor products that focus on MANO, and discuss their features and relationship with the framework. Finally, we identify open MANO challenges as well as opportunities for future research.
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CitationMijumbi, R., Serrat, J., Gorricho, J., Latré, S., Charalambides, M., Lopez, D. Management and orchestration challenges in network functions virtualization. "IEEE communications magazine", Gener 2016, vol. 54, núm. 1, p. 98-105.