Gartner Research

Early Mover CSPs' 6 Strategies to Bring SDN and NFV to Life

Published: 10 March 2017

ID: G00320785

Analyst(s): Martina Kurth


The arrival of SDN/NFV is highly disruptive. CSPs' changes will cut across technology and operations, affecting strategy, business and organization. CSP technology business unit leaders must expedite implementing six key best practices to capitalize on early mover advantages for this new technology.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Strategy 1: Test Your SDN/NFV Readiness — Key Requirements for Holistic Virtualization Vision
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs
  • Strategy 2: Select Critical Strategic Use Cases on the SDN/NFV Customer Journey
    • Security
    • Service Assurance
    • Analytics and Customer Experience
    • Policy Management and Control
    • Virtualized VPN Services
    • Gi-Interface-LAN Service Chaining Plane
    • Centralization of Portfolio
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs
  • Strategy 3: Revamp OSS/BSS Toward a New Software-Driven Execution and Orchestration Architecture
    • There Are Many Adoption Approaches
    • Orchestration Is a Key Principle for Operationalizing Network and IT
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs
  • Strategy 4: Focus on a Few Critical Operational Best Practices and Agile Tools to Accelerate Adoption of SDN/NFV
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs
  • Strategy 5: Prepare Your Procurement Strategy for SDN/NFV
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs
  • Strategy 6: Start Implementing Organizational Change and Leadership Management
    • Best Practice Advice to CSPs

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