Hardware isn't going away. But software is where all the action is.
Using closed hardware appliances creates risk regarding features and supplier responsiveness.
The goal is to transform the telco network into a cloud-centric platform.
Service providers want to leverage the benefits of NFV and, more broadly, cloudification.
Taking the MANO concept from a diagram to implementation is not easy.
The components and platform used in SD-WAN 2.0 can also be used for other services, such as hybrid cloud applications.
The question on NFV topology is whether to centralize or distribute the hosting. Both of these options are valid.
Two years later it's time for an update.
Jack Pugaczewski shares some real-world insights into how CenturyLink is revamping their OSS/BSS systems and introducing SDN.
In today's world, should we automate configuration and delivery of services? Or should we first focus on integrating APIs and automation?
Carriers might seem to love NFV more than SDN, but that doesn't mean SDN is being kicked to the curb. It's just that SDN has some pragmatic obstacles to overcome, as CenturyLink's James Feger explains to contributing author Prayson Pate.
SDN and NFV are hot topics. They are clearly related, but how exactly are they similar? How are they different?