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Virtuapedia Glossary

VNF (Virtual Network Function)


Term
VNF (Virtual Network Function)

Abbreviation
VNF

Definition
In a NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) architecture, a VNF (Virtual Network Function) is responsible for handling specific network functions that run in one or more virtual machines on top of the hardware networking infrastructure, which can include routers, switches, servers, cloud computing systems and more. Individual virtualized network functions can be chained or combined together in a building block-style fashion to deliver full-scale networking communication services.

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