Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is an emerging paradigm that has opened a large window of opportunities for resource usage optimization in enterprise, datacenter, and backbone networks, to mention a few. NFV enables network managers to replace specialized middlebox hardware (performing functions such as firewalling, intrusion detection, load balancing, content caching, etc.) with equivalent, software-based network functions, running on top of commodity, off-the-shelf hardware. There are several ways in which network managers can potentially benefit from this paradigm.
Luciano Paschoal Gaspary holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science (UFRGS, 2002) and serves as Deputy Dean and Associate Professor of the Institute of Informatics, UFRGS. From 2008 to 2014, he worked as Director of the National Laboratory on Computer Networks (LARC) and, from 2009 to 2013, was Managing Director of the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC).