This is the second in a series of blog posts on virtualization in the Telecoms industry by Nigel Stephenson, Market Development Manager EMEA: Carrier NFV Infrastructure at VMware. You can see the first post on Network Functions Virtualization here.
VMware are Silver sponsors at this year’s SDN and OpenFlow World Congress . I’ve seen this very professionally produced event (kudos to Layer123) grow from the OpenFlow excitement a few years ago through Software Defined Networking (SDN) to this year, where Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) looks likely to take center stage. I can’t wait!
For VMware, 2014 has been a year where we have seen the telecoms industry starting to embrace shared infrastructures for delivering their network services. But the move from monolithic hardware silos to horizontal virtualized platform is quite an undertaking and the approach is critical. I’ll be talking about how telcos can start to realize the considerable benefits of NFV today but how choices made about deployment architectures will have a direct impact on business outcomes.
I’ll also look at the operational implications of NFV and how these change in a cloud-based delivery model. If you think you cam deploy NFV without changing the operational model, you may well be doing it wrong!
See my colleagues and me at the VMware booth in the exhibition area and ask about how VMware have helped customers deploy production NFV services today.