Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Infrastructure

Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Infrastructure

Incredible things happen when your network services move from the physical world to the virtual world. The Cisco enterprise NFV enables you to simplify day-to-day operations and roll out services in minutes while providing you with flexible deployment options because everything is consolidated on a single platform. Your infrastructure requires less space and power. Your network also requires less maintenance and has increased up time leading to higher resource utilization and lower costs. Cisco enterprise NFV lets you manage everything centrally, so deploying, updating, managing and troubleshooting network services suddenly becomes easier Significantly reducing the need for truck rolls or remote technicians. Simply design and provision your branch with services and policies according to business needs and push them across the enterprise. By using NFv Service scalability occurs on demand, critical updates are nearly instantons and you can monitor the end-to-end health of your network from that central location. License portability with Cisco ONE software also provides huge cost savings, because you can migrate your existing hardware appliances to software services also with flexible deployment options you can migrate at your own pace. These network-services can be non-Cisco as well.


Flexibility would be increased by deploying Cisco Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) and Cisco and third-party VNFs on Enterprise NFV optimized platforms that fit your branch and business needs. Also, It consists of an embedded plug and play facilitates zero-touch deployment of branch virtualization infrastructure, including VNFs, resulting in reduced OpEx when deploying new branch sites. Plus, it enables open approach with no vendor lock-in: Use Cisco UCS® servers, Cisco 5000 Series Enterprise Network Compute System, Cisco 4000 Series ISRs with Cisco UCS E-Series Servers, Cisco Cloud Services Platform 2100, or other vendors’ x86 enhanced network elements. Furthermore, It Increases deployment velocity, with no need to perform compatibility testing. And after all,It  Reduces risk and build confidence in NFV deployment.

Cisco NFV Infrastructure Building Blocks

Compute: Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®) for a carrier class and reliable compute infrastructure.

Storage: Cisco UCS hardware and CEPH provide reliable storage. The user has the options to introduce additional storage as capacity needs grow.

Networking: Cisco Nexus® 9000 series hardware provides high throughput, low latency, and rich feature sets.

Virtualized Infrastructure: Fully integrated Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Red Hat OpenStack Platform runs on top of Cisco Unified Computing System™ (Cisco UCS®). It is open source yet hardened and mature.

Management: Cisco UCS Director functions as a unified management tool across multiple virtual environments. SDN controller is optional.

Components of Cisco NFV

Components of Cisco NFV

Cisco ENCS 5000

Deploy Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) and Cisco and third-party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) on Enterprise NFV-optimized platforms that fit your branch and business needs.


As the Linux-based virtualization layer, NFVIS provides choice in deployment and platform options for Cisco and third-party VNFs. It supports service chaining, lifecycle management, and open APIs.