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Cloud Native for Telco: What It Is, and Why You Need It

This on-demand web seminar explores some of the key drivers moving the industry toward cloudification, including:

  • Benefits of adopting a cloud native strategy
  • Unique challenges to implementing containers in edge and far edge environments
  • The time-to-market advantage of leveraging open source
  • Benefits and methods of implementing a hybrid strategy (containers, VMs, and legacy infrastructure)


Since the introduction of Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) in 2012, physical network functions (PNFs) have gradually been replaced by virtual network functions (VNFs) via virtual machines (VMs). In contrast, cloudification is implemented through “cloud native” services, developed from the ground up for deployment in cloud or edge data centers. Designed for simplicity, flexibility, and rapid deployment, cloud native services are typically implemented as micro-services that run within Linux containers orchestrated by Kubernetes, rather than as complex VNFs that run within VMs.

A cloud native strategy lets service providers accelerate both development and deployment of new services by enabling practices such as DevOps and continuous deployment and integration (CD/CI). And the ability to rapidly scale those services allows real-time optimization of resource use in response to traffic spikes and one-time events.

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