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OneAccess Networks Attempts to Put Light on the NFV Migration Path

By Steve Anderson September 23, 2015

The idea of network functions virtualization (NFV) is still a new one for a great many potential users out there, and though what's been heard of it so far is certainly noteworthy, there's still quite a bit of uncertainty and doubt out there. OneAccess Networks, meanwhile, recently brought out a bit of a light to the darkened path of NFV, offering a step-by-step look at how to engage in NFV migration.

Geared toward operators and communications services providers (CSPs), the paper in question helps bring together the occasionally separate paths of “what we want to do” and “what we actually can do.” As such, it's being called a Pragmatic NFV Strategy, and looks at the state of virtualization technology as it is, and what can be done. The paper will examine a wide variety of key areas ranging from orchestration to management and beyond, starting from how to assess the overall readiness of the various networks in question to getting a handle on just what the return on investment should be, as well as the overall path needed to achieve the migration.

OneAccess Networks' chief marketing officer, Pravin Mirchandani, offered up some comment around the report and its contents, saying “To date, one of the chief reasons for this has been the difficulty in charting a realistic migration strategy from where they are today. Unlike other vendors, we serve the operator community specifically and know how to facilitate deployments in their highly specialized environment. Our proposed approach addresses the unique set of challenges that operators currently face and aims provide a realistic methodology for migrating from existing service deployment scenarios to a virtualized service delivery model.”

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While NFV—and its close counterpart software defined networking (SDN)—has long been a  pursuit for firms, it's often been viewed in the abstract, something that businesses knew was necessary or would prove useful, but figuring out just how to get to that point would be a lot tougher. The report from OneAccess Networks, meanwhile, should prove to be a pretty big help in that businesses now have a more reliable map to get from the earliest stages to being able to offer the kind of power that NFV can represent. But it all has to start somewhere, and unless businesses know just where it is to go, there's a huge chance for wasted effort and resources, along with a less than satisfactory conclusion. Having that map, that clear sense of direction, allows for better planning and a better understanding of outcomes, making it that much easier to put an NFV program in place.

OneAccess Networks' new roadmap should prove welcome for those businesses still lost in the haze of uncertainty surrounding NFV, and as far back as there's been insurance, there's always been a value in peace of mind. Fewer things produce better peace of mind than certainty, and this should be just what businesses needed to bring a vital touch of certainty to operations.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Contributing Writer

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