Organizations will need to carefully evaluate the maturity of any NFV solution they are considering; they should understand which capabilities are new versus which are re-purposed to be able to identify potential limitations and barriers to being able to easily adopt emerging capabilities to support future deployment requirements.
The richness of the feature-set for the function it is performing should also be assessed; while not all functionality deployed in proprietary, purpose-built hardware solutions is absolutely necessary, organizations can’t afford to make a switch if the capabilities they are going to need are limited or greatly diminished.
Key Criteria in Selecting NFV components and solutions
Below we have created a chart showing the key criteria that will be used to select an NFV platform and its components. There are different aspects based on the type of product it is – you evaluate MANO component different from VNFs, for instance. However, some general capabilities to consider that have surfaced from our conversations with service providers include: