Why Use Containers and Cloud-Native Functions Anyway?

The nature of the 5G core network requires a cloud-native approach that uses web-scale, containerized network functions (CNFs) that are resilient, decomposed into microservices and, as much as possible, open source. This white paper provides an introduction to the synergy between 5G, microservices and containers, and a discussion of cloud-native architecture design principles and best practices for building CNFs.