Network Functions Virtualization

Service providers are ramping their deployment of network functions virtualization (NFV) in their private cloud. NFV is intended to eliminate proprietary hardware dependencies, drive efficiency of scale, improve service agility and fundamentally improve the way service providers do business. By delivering a suite of OpenStack-based virtual network functions (VNFs), Ribbon helps ensure successful cloud deployments for real-time communications.

Ribbon's VNF Manager aids service providers through full support of orchestration, automation, elasticity, scalability, and geographic distribution of Ribbon VNFs. Ribbon is working with both ETSI and ONAP for VNF implementation in virtual and cloud environments. Ribbon’s portfolio of VNFs are designed as cloud native microservices that ensure automation, orchestration, elasticity and scalability in geo-distributed, multi-cloud, core and edge topologies.

Virtual Network Function Manager

Ribbon's VNF Manager (VNFM) is a generic VNF management framework managing lifecycle management of multiple Ribbon and third party VNFs. It enables seamless interworking with different network orchestrators and virtualization infrastructure managers via open APIs to ensure elastic scalability of VNF’s based on dynamic network load and/or provisioning state.

VNF Manager Datasheet

The Ribbon VNF Manager dramatically simplifies the deployment of VNFs, learn more by reading our datasheet

Virtual Network Functions



Ribbon helps ensure successful cloud deployments for real-time communications by delivering the SBC SWe as an OpenStack-based VNF.



Our PSX Swe OpenStack support for on-demand instantiation of PSX instances and support for service orchestration.


Insight EMS

Insight EMS provides centralized, efficient management of the Ribbon portfolio of SBCs, gateways (GSX), and policy servers (PSX) in a customer's network.


C3 Call Controller

Our C3 Call Session Controller, is an intelligent multi-application call server and media gateway control platform for IMS & Non-IMS deployments.


Virtual Network Functions Manager

Ribbon's Virtual Network Function Manager provides Lifecycle Management (LCM) for Ribbon VNFs and can itself be instantiated as a VNF.


Diameter Signaling Controller SWe

Our DSC SWe allows you to migrate your signaling network functions into a cloud environment to enable dynamic instantiation of virtual signaling for SS7 and Diameter routing.


Application Server

The Application Server is fully virtualized with a modular architecture that makes it an ideal choice for service providers that need to grow their existing app server platform.

NFV Ecosystems

Ribbon has established NFV interoperability partnerships with industry-leading NFV vendors for both the NFVI and MANO layers and done interoperability testing with Wind River Titanium Cloud, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, Intel Network Builders, Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) OpenNFV, and Canonical V-PIL. Through these NFV ecosystem partnerships, Ribbon is able to deliver a NFV solution that is production ready.

Advantages of Ribbon NFV

  • Wide-ranging VNF portfolio supporting full elasticity and geo-distribution
  • Intelligent VNF management framework and open APIs streamline MANO interworking
  • Element management and analytics for VNFs to simplify operations and to provide KPIs on VNF usage and health
  • Able to deliver high-performance media interworking and transcoding solutions in an OpenStack cloud environment
  • Graceful migration path and hybrid deployment support avoids “rip and replace”
  • Flexible licensing plans accommodate elastic services and on-demand applications

Ribbon NFV Solutions