IT organizations complain that the lack of SDN-specific skills among engineers is resulting in a slow transition to virtualization but engineers don’t have much incentive to get those skills.
It's been more than six years since NFV became a reality but for service providers the transformation is far from over.
Some companies argue that providing access to a POP network via cloud gateways is a competitive advantage.
At the SD-WAN Summit 2018 in Paris, one of the more contentious debates was which will come first: next-generation firewall or new SD-WAN capabilities?
WiFi, fixed access, and satellites are promising technologies that operators should consider as viable alternatives to fiber or microwave for 5G backhaul.
Flat networks make it possible to centrally provision resources without having to reconfigure policies.
Networking professionals no longer can only have a limited scope of skills. The addition of other certifications will mean more career growth and more pay.
Automation is getting a lot of buzz right now but operators should only use automation if it helps reduce the complexity of the network or compensates for human limitations.
Many companies find that deploying a network virtualization overlay makes more sense because of the ROI.
From Adtran to ZTE, cable and telco vendors alike are beginning to reap the benefits of SDN and virtualization with the development of software-defined access solutions and propositions.
SDN technologies are diverse, making it difficult for network engineers to know what technologies they should learn to master.
Carrier virtualization, programmability and the massive data sets from machine learning and analytics are driving new requirements for data centers.
Virtualizing the data center may make it more efficient and agile but additional processing power may be needed.
Network virtualization will allow companies to micro-segment traffic by application.
Organizations that implement network virtualization are starting to appreciate another advantage: It enables them to achieve compliance.