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The Gartner Maturity Model for NFV and SDN Implementation in CSPs

Published: 19 June 2017

ID: G00320468

Analyst(s): Peter Liu , Sree Chadalavada, Jason Pfeifer, Amresh Nandan


Implementing network function virtualization and software-defined network in CSPs are complex — demanding careful, long-term planning and execution. Gartner presents a five-stage maturity model for technology business unit leaders at network-based CSPs to assess and plan their programmable network.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges


  • Gartner NFV and SDN Implementation Maturity Model Framework


  • Dimensions of the Gartner NFV and SDN Implementation Maturity Model
    • Dimension 1: Intent and Strategy
    • Dimension 2: Organization and People
    • Dimension 3: Architecture and Technology
    • Dimension 4: Service and Network Operations
    • Dimension 5: Operational Goals
  • Using Gartner NFV and SDN Implementation Maturity Model
    • Stage 1: Incipient (Foundational Activities)
    • Stage 2: Dispersed (Specific Functions Transformation)
    • Stage 3: Coherent (NFV and SDN as a Strategy)
    • Stage 4: Developed (Comprehensive Network Orchestration)
    • Stage 5: Transformed (Service-Centric Operations)

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