What is a Virtualized Network Function?

A Virtualized Network Function (VNF) runs on one or several virtual machines on top of a networking infrastructure and are responsible for managing specific network functions.  This virtual infrastructure can include routers, switches, servers, cloud computing systems, and more. VNFs exist within a Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and can be managed on various telco cloud virtual machines.


Ribbon's VNF Manager, along with several third parties VNFs, manages the framework and lifecycle of VNFs.

Ribbon's VNFs include: