ALU (now NOKIA) has focused its energy squarely on the core of virtualization software, covering the key segments as defined by ETSI. The CloudBand Suite is comprised of two products –CloudBand Node and CloudBand Management System. This focus on next-generation NFs and packet networking is consistent with ALU’s relative strengths in optical and packet equipment among the traditional NEPs. The CloudBand Suite evidences more maturity than many competitors. It was launched in 2011, is being used in 26 PoCs, including DT TeraStream and claims 4 deployment contracts. Significantly, ALU has an ecosystem of 3rdparty NE suppliers supported on its infrastructure.