Commercializing and Capitalizing on SDN/NFV

Without a doubt, the adoption of SDN/NFV represents a seismic shift in technology and business operations. For this adoption to be a success, it is necessary to align priorities with IT and business coordinated strategies.

Intraway and Casa Systems debuted an important PoC that validates and advances the CableLabs SNAPS project. Learn more here.

Most companies focus on a business case that includes reduced time to market, optimizing networks, and the development of new services. But, according to a 2017 survey done by European Communications, cost savings is not necessarily a business driver for SDN/NFV. Providing business case objectives that are clear and compelling is crucial to gaining that all-important buy-in from the board.

Know Your Technology Strengths and Weaknesses

We can’t state it enough: it is essential that companies work with trusted vendors. To ensure viable virtualization, a reputable vendor will act as a trusted partner and help you prepare for the transition. 

According to a recent survey, more than 90 percent of survey respondents stated that they needed multi-vendor solutions. Besides, they have to provide new services in a shorter amount of time. To accomplish these objectives, they need hybrid networks that consist of both physical and virtual components.

 Moving to SDN/NFV shifts the networks of service providers from hardware-centric and semi-static connectivity to software driven, dynamic platforms. The Fast Mode reports that fewer than ten percent of PoCs convert into deployments. There are many reasons for this situation. The lack of full-scale adoption tends to fall on the shoulders of existing network management and operations support systems. It fails to assure services in a hybrid environment.

Additionally, there is a lack of integrity between service configuration and device configuration. Also, there is a lack of automatic discovery and reconciliation capability, a lack of real-time policy-driven service management. All this along to a need for a centralized catalog that can blend virtualized and non-virtualized services.

Embrace New Standards

Discouragement by the lack of a governmental model that fosters a merge of IT and network and industry standards is common. However, as is often the case with innovation, standards bodies are currently working to catch up to virtualization. Service providers and their strategic partners are racing to develop end-to-end solutions that will largely shape these standards.

Intraway is playing a part in that, collaborating with Casa Systems to solve the problems relating to NFV interoperability. As recently demonstrated at CableLabs’ summer conference, the fruit of this collaboration is an elastic infrastructure featuring the needed capability of automatic provisioning and configuration of distributed virtual infrastructures and network elements.

As explained by The Fast Mode, SDN/NFV has the power to provide the virtualization of customer premise equipment and virtual evolved packet core services. But there are so many other ways to use virtualization, which are dependent on factors such as VNF on-boarding and license management; partner management; a centralized catalog and cloud-ready marketplace; hybrid operations management; real-time transaction management; and the delivery of a wealthy customer service experience.

Intraway and Casa Systems debuted an important PoC that validates and advances the CableLabs SNAPS project. Learn more here.

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