A virtual network functions brokering mechanism

Evangelos Markakis, Anargyros Sideris, George Alexiou, Athina Bourdena, Evangelos Pallis, George Mastorakis, Constandinos X. Mavromoustakis

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The application of virtualisation techniques in communication networks is growing in response to continuous pressure due to profitability stagnation and profit margin reduction. In this regard, the trend of Network Function Virtualisation (NFV), which refers to the use of cloud-based software for carrying out network functions, is expected to modify this scenario. The EU FP7 T-NOVA project has the goal of providing mechanisms to foster the adoption of NFV. In this paper, we present a look in the commercialisation of NFV-based offerings through a marketplace, in which users can trade, auction, select and acquire NFV services. In this respect, a brokering mechanism was developed that is able to facilitate competition among Function Providers (FPs), allowing the T-NOVA customers to search for available offerings, trade between the third-party function developers (FPs) and finally the Service Provider (SP) to find the best price for the VNFs, which will be part of each T-NOVA Network Service.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia, TEMU 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781467384094
Publication statusPublished - 24 Aug 2016
Event2016 International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia, TEMU 2016 - Heraklion, Greece
Duration: 25 Jul 201627 Jul 2016


Other2016 International Conference on Telecommunications and Multimedia, TEMU 2016


  • Brokering
  • marketplace
  • NFV
  • Trading


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