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Nine Foundational Practices for CSPs, When Adopting NFV and SDN

Published: 10 February 2017

ID: G00320470

Analyst(s): Amresh Nandan


Technology strategy is a pillar of transformation in communications service providers. For the future of networks and programmability, technology change management is critical. Gartner assesses nine practices for CSP technology strategic planners to review when modernizing network and IT operations.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Identifying Fundamental Elements of Your Programmable Network Vision
    • 1. Develop a Roadmap for Network Programmability, Not Just NFV/SDN Implementation
    • 2. Identify the Key Platforms, Models and Protocols for Your Future Operations
    • 3. Ensure Domain-Based Information Management and Analytics From the Beginning
  • Championing an Event-Driven Target-State Blueprint to Guide the Architectural Changes
    • 4. Construct an Adaptive and Phased Deployment Architecture
    • 5. Establish Your Own Orchestration Frameworks for Services and Infrastructure
    • 6. Plan for Process Re-engineering Across Cloud Applications and Virtualized Network
  • Directing Technology and Capabilities Decisions to Realize a Distributed Computing Infrastructure
    • 7. Organize a Dedicated Cross-Functional Team for Programmable Networks Programs
    • 8. Cultivate Capabilities for Programming and System Engineering
    • 9. Retire Those Legacy Elements and Practices Early That Impede Technology Change Management

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