This report provides both the status of virtualization in telecom (including NFV, SDN and Cloud), and the objectives and feedback from leading CSPs, Suppliers and disruptive innovators – some from adjacent industries. These include Verizon, Telefonica, DT, Vodafone, Sprint, Ericsson, Nokia, Metaswitch, Cloudify, Microsoft, Google and many others. In the end, the industry’s goal must be agility, low cost, and, to achieve this, hands off automation.
We found a significant disconnect between objectives and reality. Yet we also found that leading thinkers shared common goals and agreed on the basics of success. This report distills this into risks and best practices to mitigate that risk
Combined with the detailed best practices in other Appledore research, this report is invaluable to operators, suppliers and to anyone vested in the success of virtualization and cloud technology in telecom networks.
We believe it will be an indispensable tool for network technologists, operations architects, and business strategists who must unlock the greatest economic benefit, in the shortest time possible, from the significant investments our industry will make in virtualization.