Distributed Network Functions Virtualization

Network functions virtualization, or NFV, means that dedicated network devices are replaced by software running on common off-the-shelf (COTS) servers. The original approach to NFV advocates the placement of virtualized network functions (VNFs) not only in data centers, but throughout the network, wherever they are most effective and least expensive. RAD offers a unique solution for Distributed NFV at the customer edge.



RAD was the first in the market to integrate a L2/L3 NID/NTU with a powerful x86 platform for hosting virtual network functions. It is controlled by the service provider and resides at the customer premises, allowing business agility with new software-based services.

RAD's D-NFV solution for the customer edge is available as a box-size L2/L3 NID/NTU (ETX-2). Moreover, RAD offers a programmable miniature SFP sleeve (MiNID) onto which custom applications and networking functions may be uploaded.



Increase Revenues

  • Fast introduction of new services
  • Fast response to competition
  • Offer value-added services at a premium
  • Improve quality of experience to reduce churn

Reduce Costs

Simplify and reduce cost of operational processes while enabling easier migration to cost effective new technologies with:

  • High performance and functional flexibility with an innovative architecture combining hardware and software components
  • Advanced L2/L3 NID/NTU functionality adds critical SLA assurance capabilities, otherwise not available in a stand-alone server
  • Optimized price/performance ratio with modular virtualization infrastructure enabling capacity adjustments to various access rates and applications
  • Designed for carrier-approved NFV management tools (OpenStack, KVM hypervisor, etc.); open to integration into 3rd-party orchestration systems
  • SDN-enabled