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Over the course of the last 5 years, since ETSI and the world’s leading communications service providers (CSPs) launched the ETSI ISG for NFV (Network Function Virtualization) in early 2013, vendors and CSPs alike have been working to make NFV a reality. Disaggregation of network services from proprietary hardware, deployment of a fully virtualized infrastructure, modern cloud designs and advanced, agile orchestration and management all promise lower CapEx and OpEx, with improved agility and time to market.
In 2018, the momentum behind NFV continues, even as reality sets in that full NFV adoption will take longer as CSPs slowly transition their infrastructure, business processes and culture—NFV adoption is not simply a technology problem. Regardless, NFV, along with cloud adoption, will continue its uptake and we will cover the state of NFV across our three report series. Our 2018 reports will cover a wide range, from industry-standard commercial off-the- shelf (COTS) hardware as NFV Infrastructure (NFVI), to hypervisors and the Virtualized Infrastructure Managers (VIMs), to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and the management and orchestration (MANO) necessary to deploy these functions.
This specific report covers the latest in NFVI and VIM development, the key foundations of any NFV deployment. We continue to see diversity in NFVI hardware, from the dominant standard 19-inch rackmount servers to other forms like blade servers and an increasing focus on hyperconverged architectures (HCI), especially for edge deployment supporting 5G and IoT services. As well, alternate compute platforms based on ARM architectures battle for CSP deployments with x86 architecture from both Intel and AMD are popping up at the Edge and on customer premises equipment (CPE). We’ll cover more on the CPE, vCPE (virtual CPE) and uCPE (universal CPE) trends in our SD-WAN and Virtual Edge report later this year.
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