You are a Communications Service Provider operating fixed or mobile infrastructure and you have recognized the advantages of bringing cloud technology into your network. You’ve decided to begin your transition to virtualized network infrastructure.
You want to make this transition using open standard interfaces where possible to avoid the kind of vendor lock-in and vendor “silo’s” you experienced with your telecom infrastructure in the past. However, you also want the choice to buy your VIM layer integrated with NFV-I and Orchestration to avoid system integration overheads.
You’ve embraced the ETSI reference architecture for NFV and want to take advantage of COTS hardware and software including Open Source solutions for their standard APIs, broad community support, and enhanced features. But you also required higher SLAs and better performance than standard IT infrastructure provides.
As you begin to look at your NFV …