Network virtualization remains a critical component to service providers' ability to effectively deliver 5G to market. 

Software-defined virtual networks simplify architectures and can help transform service providers' business models as we head into a new generation of connectivity. But while the promise is rich, the complex nature of the technology makes it difficult to deploy.

In fact, it takes an entire technology ecosystem to understand and solve the challenges organizations face when considering software-defined virtual networks. This complex environment is what makes World Wide Technology's value proposition to service providers, or any organization operating with a large network footprint, so compelling.

Obi Egonu, who leads WWT's Network Virtualization Systems engineering practice, recently appeared as a guest on Intel's Chip Chat podcast to discuss how NFV helps service providers gain greater agility and flexibility while accelerating their transition to 5G.

Technology is changing at such a rapid clip and interoperability has become so integral that it's effectively impossible to design these solutions by oneself. And burdened with an intense need to get to market quickly with differentiated solutions, service providers demand technology that works as intended from the moment it's spun up.

WWT, along with Advantech, Red Hat and netElastic, recently partnered to integrate a commercial virtual Broadband Network Gateway (vBNG) with predictable performance that helps service providers simplify their network design choices

The solution, which was demoed at SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague, Netherlands, is built on powerful Intel hardware. The vBNG solution maximizes network I/O per NUMA node to support increased subscriber density, while retaining the highest throughput and cost efficiency per rack unit, and can serve up to 128,000 subscribers with 300 Gbps data-plane throughput per server.

Key to this solution was WWT's integration expertise in our Advanced Technology Center (ATC), which was used to demonstrate the high performance and throughput of Advantech's SKY-8101D — an Intel Select Solution NFVI Forwarding Platform using netElastic's virtual broadband network gateway (vBNG).