By 2019, mobile data traffic is expected to increase by tenfold.1 This presents a challenge for communications service providers, as the cost to support data traffic is increasing rapidly but the revenue from data services is growing much slower. Rigid, costly, and limited legacy communications infrastructures can’t keep up with today’s business demands and impede your ability to innovate and compete in a crowded market.

Network functions virtualization (NFV) virtualizes network functions on a general-purpose, cloudbased infrastructure to give you more flexibility, efficiency, and scalability than legacy infrastructures—while also reducing costs and lowering innovation risks. Using open technologies in your NFV environment further enhances these benefits. Open source technologies promote better interoperability and faster innovation, so you can take advantage of the latest advances quickly and easily. In fact, 83% of communications operators demand or prefer to use open systems within their networks and 95% see open technologies as a positive attribute of any NFV solution.2

Red Hat and Dell provide a proven, adaptable infrastructure for NFV environments. Based on open standards and engineering collaboration, the Red Hat® and Dell NFV foundation delivers exceptional scalability and flexibility in an integrated, optimized, and cost-effective package.

Brief updated June 2017