Communication service providers (CSPs) are migrating their traditional, purpose built appliance-based network infrastructure to new architectures based on network functions virtualization (NFV). This evolutions promises substantial benefits for CSPs, including lower total cost of ownership (TCO) levels and increased service agility. However, such migrations also introduce new challenges.
A CSP’s infrastructure must be stable and extremely reliable, ensuring uninterrupted service delivery to customers. The same is especially true for an NFV infrastructure (NFVI) at the foundation of NFV approaches, which must meet (and often exceed) classic five 9s availability requirements. Six 9s of availability in an NFVI is necessary for all of its software and hardware, but achieving that level of availability is no trivial task in the NFV world. And many of the current NFV infrastructure solutions in the market do not meet these elevated reliability requirements.
A new ACG Research paper focuses on topics covering carrier-grade NFVI solutions and their performance and availability advantages over enterprise-grade versions. The discussions also include technical and economic advantages of a carrier-grade NFVI.
ACG Research performed an economic analysis of the performance, high availability, and manageability advantages of HPE’s Helion OpenStack Carrier-Grade (HOSCG) solution versus a competing enterprise-grade product over 5 years. The results showed a 64 percent TCO-based ROI and total TCO savings of 19 percent in favor of HOSCG based on its superior performance. Regarding high availability, the analysis also found a $1.2 billion revenue differential over 5 years for a service provider that deploys HOSCG instead of an enterprise-grade solution.
Read the ACG Research paper learn more about why service providers need solutions that ensure service continuity and meet stringent SLAs for their customers and how a carrier-grade NFVI can have positive bottom-line impact for CSPs.