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SDN/NFV Requires a New IT Architecture in CSPs

Published: 10 March 2016

ID: G00292873

Analyst(s): Amresh Nandan


Effective implementation of SDN/NFV requires a holistic transformation approach in "traditional" CSPs. This document for CSP CTIOs covers key tenets for IT architecture change required for realizing maximum SDN/NFV value.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • Significant architectural changes required for NFV and SDN implementation will conflict with short-term cost optimization programs in many CSPs
  • SDN/NFV implementation requires a holistic transformation program in CSP networks and IT, because successful SDN/NFV requires process change and buy-in across the organization
  • NFV and SDN implementation will be challenging for network and IT leaders as these technologies are still evolving; besides, operational functions are distributed across systems
  • SDN/NFV can yield greater value for network operations if dynamic linkage between the fulfilment and assurance functions is established
    • Service Fulfilment Operations
    • Service Assurance Operations

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