Cisco Enterprise Network Functions Virtualization

Accelerate network services deployment and management

Cisco Enterprise NFV addresses requirements for deploying virtualized network and application services, from orchestration and management to virtualization software and options for different hardware platforms.

Enterprise NFV reduces operational complexity of branch environments by hosting networking functions as software on standard x86-based platforms.

Features and benefits

Cisco Enterprise NFV accelerates deployment while reducing operational and capital expenses. See what it can help you do.

Save time

Get new virtual network services up in minutes, not months.

Offer choices

Deploy on any platform: Mix physical, virtual, Cisco, third-party devices, and network services.

Increase network uptime

Orchestrate and manage services to speed maintenance and incident response.

Reduce CapEx and OpEx

Cut costs and free up IT resources by using virtualization to reduce the number of service visits.

Components of Cisco NFV

Cisco ENCS 5000

Deploy Enterprise NFV Infrastructure Software (NFVIS) and Cisco and third-party Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) on Enterprise NFV-optimized platforms that fit your branch and business needs.


As the Linux-based virtualization layer, NFVIS provides choice in deployment and platform options for Cisco and third-party VNFs. It supports service chaining, lifecycle management, and open APIs.

Cisco Catalyst Center

Manage and automate provisioning of network services on any hardware or virtual platform with Cisco Catalyst Center or Cisco Enterprise Service Automation (ESA) tools.

Deploy SD-WAN your way with Cisco DNA software

Simple, flexible software subscription suites help you achieve the latest software-defined WAN innovations and provide centralized management with security, application-aware policies, segmentation, and optimization for cloud connectivity.

Drive results with a more secure, resilient network

Deploy faster with a strategic plan, migration strategy, and roadmap. Drive operational excellence with services to help improve security and visibility.

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