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An Analysis of Lightweight Virtualization Technologies for NFV

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Authors , Ramki Krishnan , Anoop Ghanwani , Dilip Krishnaswamy, Peter Willis , Ashay Chaudhary , Felipe Huici
Last updated 2017-01-09 (Latest revision 2016-07-08)
Replaces draft-natarajan-containers-for-nfv
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Traditionally, NFV platforms were limited to using standard virtualization technologies (e.g., Xen, KVM, VMWare, Hyper-V, etc.) running guests based on general-purpose operating systems such as Windows, Linux or FreeBSD. More recently, a number of light-weight virtualization technologies including containers, unikernels (specialized VMs) and minimalistic distributions of general-purpose OSes have widened the spectrum of possibilities when constructing an NFV platform. This draft describes the challenges in building such a platform and discusses to what extent these technologies, as well as traditional VMs, are able to address them.

Ramki Krishnan
Anoop Ghanwani
Dilip Krishnaswamy
Peter Willis
Ashay Chaudhary
Felipe Huici

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