US 9,813,335 B2
System, method, and computer program for augmenting a physical system utilizing a network function virtualization orchestrator (NFV-O)
Eyal Felstaine, Hertzeliya (IL); Itzik Kitroser, Beer Sheva (IL); Ofer Hermoni, Yavne (IL); and Shmuel Ur, Shorashim (IL)
Assigned to Amdocs Software Systems Limited, Dublin (IE); and Amdocs Development Limited, Limassol (CY)
Filed by Amdocs Software Systems Limited, Dublin (IE)
Filed on Dec. 4, 2014, as Appl. No. 14/561,126.
Claims priority of provisional application 62/033,606, filed on Aug. 5, 2014.
Prior Publication US 2016/0043944 A1, Feb. 11, 2016
Int. Cl. H04L 12/721 (2013.01); H04L 12/26 (2006.01); H04L 12/24 (2006.01); H04L 12/859 (2013.01); G06F 9/50 (2006.01); H04L 12/801 (2013.01)
CPC H04L 45/70 (2013.01) [H04L 41/0896 (2013.01); H04L 43/12 (2013.01); H04L 47/12 (2013.01); H04L 47/2475 (2013.01); G06F 9/50 (2013.01); H04L 47/10 (2013.01)] 6 Claims
OG exemplary drawing
 
1. A method, comprising:
operating a Network Function Virtualization Orchestrator (NFV-O) module within a physical network system, wherein the physical network system includes:
a purely physical element, and
a plurality of Virtual Network Functions (VNFs);
monitoring, by the NFV-O, data traffic being processed by the purely physical element within the physical network system, including monitoring the data traffic for a traffic load and a traffic type, where the data traffic is being processed by the purely physical element without use of the plurality of VNFs;
responsive to the monitoring, determining, by the NFV-O, that flow of further data traffic directed towards the purely physical element should be modified, based on the traffic load, the traffic type and a time of day; and
virtually augmenting the purely physical element using at least one VNF of the plurality of VNFs, including directing at least a portion of the further data traffic from the purely physical element to the at least one VNF for processing thereof by the at least one VNF, when the NFV-O module determines that the flow of the further data traffic should be modified.