Thanks to all who joined us for the Dell EMC webinar, Putting NFV Into Production with Ease – A Service Provider Perspective. During the webinar, Dell EMC discussed the availability of turnkey solutions to simplify and accelerate NFV production deployments in a service provider environment. After the webinar, we took questions from the audience, but unfortunately ran out of time before we could get to all of the questions. Read the full Putting NFV Into Production with Ease Q&A below.
What are some of the top few VNFs that are getting good adoption?
We are seeing more and more spread across customers. Some are virtualizing mobile infrastructure, focusing on GI LAN services to get dynamics, some around packet core as they consider evolution to 5G, some are looking at IMS components, and some are looking at traditional/enterprise options such as SD-WAN.
What do you see from your customers – do you see better adoption for the DIY or packaged solutions?
Benefits and value come with a packaged solution, to ensure certification and testing. It gives you an ability to deploy in the network, so day zero environment will be deployed quickly and efficiently. So time can be spent on determining new services that should be deployed. It gives operators peace of mind.
What are some of the types of service providers that are looking for such solutions?
All tiers, all regions, and all geographies.
Tier 1s, who are looking at building themselves. They have the staff, capacity and resources.
Tier 2s also like the bundled solution where someone else has done and tested all of the work. Typically there is safer deployment at a lower cost.
Also, exposure and time to market is a key consideration. If service providers want to move faster, these solutions make a lot of sense.
Does hardware play an important role for the service providers? Or are their decisions mostly software driven?
It is a mix of both. Software is the piece that you see (it is vitally important), but if you don’t have a platform underneath it can disrupt your services. If you are over provisioned, that’s a bad option too. Service providers will be over-paying in that case. Software is probably weighted higher. But with plumbing/hardware, almost equal time is spent on what to deploy. Software generates the profit and ensure quality of service.
Approximately how much time and resources are saved using this packaged solution?
It depends on the exposure and skill set of the organization. If you look at the NFV Journey, they evaluate multiple technologies. In this case with a packaged solution, you can eliminate the engineering cycles as this is a tested solution.
With automation this can be in 5 to 6 hours. In the lifecycle it is a huge savings on resources and capex and time required.