Gartner Research

CSPs Require Innovation of Their OSS to Secure the Success of SDN and NFV

Published: 27 August 2014

ID: G00260367

Analyst(s): Martina Kurth


Growth in software-defined networks and network function virtualization will be a game changer for communications service providers seeking to integrate the network and business in new ways; this creates major challenges. CIOs in CSPs must take action now to modernize the operations support system.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • The focus on SDN and NFV will expand CSPs' existing network organization as they attempt to seek unprecedented architectural openness and to drive down opex
  • The arrival of NFV and SDN will be disruptive to CSPs' existing OSS architectures, potentially requiring an upgrade or a new generation of OSS
  • The new OSS approach will facilitate dynamic troubleshooting in a layered approach, with resource inventory and catalog management playing a central role for the orchestration of CSPs' physical network, logical IT and virtual data center resources
    • Implications of SDN and NFV on OSS Functionality
  • The need to succeed with SDN and NFV will force CSP CIOs and CTOs to collaborate, which will have implications on the roles, responsibilities and organizational setup of CSPs

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