How Services Virtualization Is Eating The World

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June 2017 1 A FierceTelecom eBrief June 2017 1 HOW SERVICES VIRTUALIZATION IS EATING THE WORLD Technologies that network traffic to and from people, machines and other objects that are on the telecom's horizon today would be virtually unrecognizable to the service providers of yesteryear. Top carriers around the world are now taking steps towards a software defined network (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV ) future. Yet where are they on this path, and where is it going? MAKING FAST PROGRESS Stefan Kindt, head of cloud market development at Nokia, states: "For NFV, carriers initially deployed monolithic virtualized functions for the sake of more efficient scaling, then they decomposed those functions, but are now moving to micro services deployed on virtual machines (VMs) and then micro services without VMs, for ever-increasing agility and scaling," Kindt comments. "Due to that, and pressures coming from the surrounding competitive landscape, carriers are beginning to focus on digitalizing operations, because the complexity of today's operations and network 'mesh on mesh' becomes unmanageable when the high number of additional NFV systems are meshed into the mixture." Furthermore, says Kindt, SDN and NFV are now extending beyond the datacenter: "Service providers are extending these to remote locations with software share: Sponsored by:

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