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A REFERENCE ARCHITECTURE FOR NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION

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2020
Abstract/Description:
Cloud computing has provided many services to potential consumers, one of these services being the provision of network functions using virtualization. Network Function Virtualization is a new technology that aims to improve the way we consume network services. Legacy networking solutions are different because consumers must buy and install various hardware equipment. In NFV, networks are provided to users as a software as a service (SaaS). Implementing NFV comes with many benefits, including faster module development for network functions, more rapid deployment, enhancement of the network on cloud infrastructures, and lowering the overall cost of having a network system. All these benefits can be achieved in NFV by turning physical network functions into Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). However, since this technology is still a new network paradigm, integrating this virtual environment into a legacy environment or even moving all together into NFV reflects on the complexity of adopting the NFV system. Also, a network service could be composed of several components that are provided by different service providers; this also increases the complexity and heterogeneity of the system. We apply abstract architectural modeling to describe and analyze the NFV architecture. We use architectural patterns to build a flexible NFV architecture to build a Reference Architecture (RA) for NFV that describe the system and how it works. RAs are proven to be a powerful solution to abstract complex systems that lacks semantics. Having an RA for NFV helps us understand the system and how it functions. It also helps us to expose the possible vulnerabilities that may lead to threats toward the system. In the future, this RA could be enhanced into SRA by adding misuse and security patterns for it to cover potential threats and vulnerabilities in the system. Our audiences are system designers, system architects, and security professionals who are interested in building a secure NFV system.
Title: A REFERENCE ARCHITECTURE FOR NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION.
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Name(s): Alwakeel, Ahmed M., author
Fernandez, Eduardo B. , Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2020
Date Issued: 2020
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 125 p.
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Cloud computing has provided many services to potential consumers, one of these services being the provision of network functions using virtualization. Network Function Virtualization is a new technology that aims to improve the way we consume network services. Legacy networking solutions are different because consumers must buy and install various hardware equipment. In NFV, networks are provided to users as a software as a service (SaaS). Implementing NFV comes with many benefits, including faster module development for network functions, more rapid deployment, enhancement of the network on cloud infrastructures, and lowering the overall cost of having a network system. All these benefits can be achieved in NFV by turning physical network functions into Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). However, since this technology is still a new network paradigm, integrating this virtual environment into a legacy environment or even moving all together into NFV reflects on the complexity of adopting the NFV system. Also, a network service could be composed of several components that are provided by different service providers; this also increases the complexity and heterogeneity of the system. We apply abstract architectural modeling to describe and analyze the NFV architecture. We use architectural patterns to build a flexible NFV architecture to build a Reference Architecture (RA) for NFV that describe the system and how it works. RAs are proven to be a powerful solution to abstract complex systems that lacks semantics. Having an RA for NFV helps us understand the system and how it functions. It also helps us to expose the possible vulnerabilities that may lead to threats toward the system. In the future, this RA could be enhanced into SRA by adding misuse and security patterns for it to cover potential threats and vulnerabilities in the system. Our audiences are system designers, system architects, and security professionals who are interested in building a secure NFV system.
Identifier: FA00013434 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2020.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Virtual computer systems
Cloud computing
Computer network architectures
Computer networks
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Sublocation: Digital Library
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