Tag Archives: network functions virtualization

The Battle for Value-Added Services

As providers of connectivity, service providers should be well positioned to sell high-value digital services to enterprises and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs). But a lack of service agility caused by complex processes and lengthy service introduction cycles makes it difficult for them to do battle with over-the-top (OTT) players in the arena of services offerings and customer experience. Enterprises and SMBs are looking for choice and want access to the cloud solutions marketplace. But this access needs to be secure, reliable and easy. The simplest way for an IT manager to handle this is via a single, trusted vendor […]  More >>

NFV Needs to Take a New Perspective: The Customer’s

Guest Post from IDC’s Elizabeth Rainge For service providers (SPs) doing real work to deploy and operate network virtualization, the technology work to date is great, but it’s not enough. In a series of in-depth interviews with IT and Network leaders of the most advanced SPs conducted June through August 2015, sponsored by Amdocs, IDC found a clear need for operational tools that make the VNF innovations useful. Of the 10 SPs we spoke to, all cited the Network (or CTO) team as the owners and leaders for NFV. Great. But these SPs are also working with KPIs that measure […]  More >>

Taking the first step towards NFV

In an age where immediacy rules and instant results are often the end goal, deployments such as network functions virtualization (NFV) may, at first, seem daunting. NFV is not a one-and-done project, but rather an evolutionary telecommunications journey that encompasses careful planning as well as phased deployment. As often reminded, anything worth doing is going to take time. And NFV is definitely worth doing.   More >>

Welcoming the NFV Revolution

Network functions virtualization, or NFV, will be a key topic at Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, and it’s a great time to start thinking about things. According to Heavy Reading, “(network functions virtualization) will revolutionize the way networks are built and drive down network operators’ costs.” The key words here are “built” and “drive down.” Driving down costs is a straightforward discussion. Put simply, generic network appliances are cheaper than specialized iron. Deploying control plane functionality on network appliances results in savings on electricity (for powering and cooling the equipment) and rack space. Facilities budgets, capital plans and operation inventories will become less complex with time (and it has been a long time since anyone has been able to say that).  More >>

Policy: A Wise NFV Investment

A standardized approach to network functions virtualization (NFV) – it sounds like a great idea, doesn’t it? Thirteen network operators certainly thought so in October 2012, when they released a white paper entitled, Network Functions Virtualisation: An Introduction, Benefits, Enablers, Challenges & Call for Action. The whitepaper encourages the IT and networks industries to work together to solve their joint challenges.  More >>