In a short time, network functions virtualization (NFV) has easily become one of the most disruptive technologies impacting the networking space. NFV implementation won’t come without challenges, but there will be a patchwork of best practices that emerge as the commercialization phase moves from hypothetical to conventional. Check out NFV Implementation with F5 to learn more!
A white paper prepared for F5 Networks by Heavy Reading focuses on tips and hints, as well as possible pitfalls operators might encounter during NFV implementation. The scope and power of NFV has been tested in proof-of-concept (PoC) trials around the world, including many within the European Telecommunication Standards Institute (ETSI).
The broad range of ETSI PoCs lends confidence to the notion that NFV is now ready to make the transition from a trial period to a commercial implementation point.
PoCs offer a real-world look at how to uncover new applications, services, and products for the entire NFV community. As a collaborative effort between operator and vendor, PoCs stand to help the market by eliminating uncertainty surrounding NFV commercialization. Successful PoCs can lead to successful deployment, but it’s important to take inventory of dos and don’ts moving forward.
Some “traps” of NFV implementation include noting its gradual implementation, meaning existing network infrastructure will need to support a hybrid network configuration. While orchestrated use cases pave the future of NFV, early commercialization will focus less on this and more on basic functions, like load balancing and the control plane.
A top priority for operators is to forthrightly rank and prioritize PoCs for a formal strategy and forgo an “on-the-fly approach.” In this regard, the white paper offers edge components as a good starting point, given their appeal due to low cost and high scalability. Another essential factor: service agility. Network operators look to NFV as a means to gain greater service agility, as well as to provide a pivotal step toward a programmable service model. NFV implementation helps drive this goal forward.
Although full commercialization of NFV is still several years down the road, it will be easy to see who heeds best practices and who skirts them. To learn more about the suggestions outlined in “Implementing NFV: Tips & Traps,” download the white paper now.