The conventional wisdom has been that Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is associated exclusively with Communications Service Providers (CSPs). Part of the reason for that is based on the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and the key role they played in the development of NFV. For example, roughly three and a half years ago an Industry Specifications Group (ISG) for Network Functions Virtualization (NFV ISG) was formed under the auspices of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI NFV ISG). While the membership has evolved significantly, the initial members of the ETSI NFV ISG were all CSPs such as AT&T, Deutsche Telekom and NTT.
By 2018, the market for software defined networking (SDN) will reach over $3.5 billion, giving communications service providers (CSPs) plenty of opportunities to carve out new revenue streams. There’s only one problem—SDN is currently experiencing an identity crisis.
ECI recently participated in the EANTC Interoperability Showcase in Paris at MPLS+SDN+NFV World 2016. Interoperability showcases have long been a widely accepted practice in the telecommunications industry, but when considering the immense commitment in time, resources and manpower required of vendors one may wonder why. In a word, OPENNESS.
Customer investment in the data center is booming, and vendors are scrambling to keep up. There are more of them, closer together, and connected in increasingly complicated ways. As the overall trend in the data center is upward, that goes double for expansion of networking and communications.
Topics: Cloud Networking
Aggregation networks are often the focus of telecom innovation because they feature the 10G services that support traffic flows from businesses, homes, and mobile base stations. This is where communications service providers have traditionally established their revenue streams.
Software Defined Networks (SDNs), are everywhere, and everyone is either building one, selling one, or using one. Everyone, that is, except—probably—you. Don’t feel too bad if you’re feeling left out, because it’s hard to know, precisely, what you’re actually being left out of. After all, can you actually define what an SDN is?