To understand the state of NFV and MANO in 2017, the SDxCentral Research team conducted our annual survey in in March. Part I of the NFV Report Series provides insights into how our 159 respondents responded with regards to NFV Interest and Adoption, the key NFV Drivers and the state of overall NFV maturity. In addition, VIM and NFVI-specific questions are analyzed in part I of our report.
For the MANO report, the respondents indicate that overall, the ETSI NFV MANO model is maturing but many respondents feel that MANO integration is still an unsolved problem with significant challenges. The following sections will cover some of our findings.
OSS/BSS and MANO Integration
When it comes to specific implementations, there’s no little doubt that the ETSI standard has the preponderance of support in the market. Last year, 91% of participants in the SDxCentral survey confirmed that ETSI’s ISG was seen as the primary source of standards for the NFV ecosystem.
At the core of the ISG’s framework is NFV management and orchestration (MANO), which they released several years ago. Last year, respondents indicated NFV MANO was “Coming to maturity, but still needed more work,” at 82%; 18% felt the framework still needed “a lot more work”.
his year, we followed up by asking “What’s your opinion on OSS/BSS and MANO integration?” It seems respondents are still not happy with the current state of the market – 51% said that “Integration requires a lot of custom coding and services,” while 37% said there are “No good solutions today that integrate both well.” Only 10% said that “Integration was going smoothly.” This is in contrast to the perception of vendors – 19% think things are going smoothly, though 56% did acknowledge that implementations require a lot of custom work.