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InfoVista's Five Step Model Gets Communications Service Providers Ready for SDN and NFV

By Steve Anderson January 08, 2015

Two major technologies that have had a lot of impact on the field of communications as we know it are network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN). While much has been made of how these technologies work, and the kind of impact said technologies can have on operations, the idea of just how to update systems and the like to get ready to bring these tools into play is a taller order indeed. But InfoVista may have just the thing to help communications service providers (CSPs) get ready for SDN and NFV, with a new whitepaper and an upcoming webinar.

The whitepaper is a co-production with Heavy Reading, which focuses on how concepts of service assurance related to both NFV and SDN. With this whitepaper, CSPs can learn how to modify operations support systems in a bid to add network services and help keep network disruption to a minimum, allowing companies to offer NFV and SDN services without running a risk of violating service level agreements (SLAs), an important thing for most any CSP to know. The whitepaper itself offers an array of points, including the importance of various factors in NFV deployment—overall agility and flexibility of service is tops, followed by operating expense reduction in software—as well as biggest challenges faced, like compatibility with the installed base, issues of standardization and issues of integrating said components into the system.

There's a lot at stake bringing in NFV and SDN to operations; CSPs can offer better agility of service, as well as improved network efficiency, greater flexibility in the business model, and ultimately, greater potential revenue. That's a lot of value for users, and for CSPs alike, but a lot of CSPs just aren't set up as yet to offer these services. It requires some advance planning and some significant changes to current operations, and that's a good chunk of why InfoVista is looking to set this up.

But InfoVista won't be the only one in the field attempting to advance the NFV and SDN concept; coming January 28 and 29 to the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Florida is the Software Telco Congress event, which will bring together some of the biggest names in NFV and SDN to help not only give a look at just where the market is right now, but also where the market is likely to be heading in the not too distant future.

NFV and SDN alike are two technologies that offer big potential for change in the field. But to take advantage of these changes, companies will need to prepare systems accordingly to make sure said systems are ready for the expansions in the market. Failing to do so, meanwhile, could mean huge losses in opportunity costs, and potentially, the loss of current business to those who did prepare.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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