Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is currently one of the most revolutionary technologies in the ICT sector. University Carlos III of Madrid concluded yesterday a two-day workshop on this topic organized in collaboration with 5TONIC, which was aimed at introducing professionals and students to this intriguing research field.
NFV can be defined as the principle of separating network functions from the hardware they run on by using virtual hardware abstraction (definition taken from ISG NFV under the ETSI Standardization organ).
The workshop was first and foremost intended for professional developer profiles, and thus largely entered into detail about technical aspects and foundations of NFV, providing a practical training to configure an NFV environment and learning the use of the main toolkits for the development of virtualized network functions. The main goal was to achieve the ability to develop an example and to be able to test it into an NFV environment and even deploy it over the Telefónica NFV Reference Lab.
Although the workshop lasted only two days, (June 6th & 7th), participants were able to acquire a deep insight and understanding of NFV technologies. It should also be underlined that the NFV Developer Sessions of the training program were designed for developers with basic knowledge or background experience in the fields of C, Linux, virtualization technologies, networking, and computing.
More information about this event can be found here (See NFV Developer Sessions).