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How to Optimize CSP Network Function Virtualization Procurement: The Pillars of NFV Infrastructures

Published: 31 July 2018

ID: G00356403

Analyst(s): Peter Liu , Amresh Nandan


Communication service providers aim to realize the benefits of network function virtualization; however, most don't know the best way to adopt NFV to transform operations. To benefit from NFV, technology product managers must reinvent their procurement processes as a critical step of transformation.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Make Procurement Process Changes a Top-Priority Item, Aligning the Decision Making and Buying Criteria With Business Value
    • Use-Case-Centered Purchasing Pattern
    • Infrastructure-Centered Purchasing Pattern
    • Orchestration (OSS) Lead Purchasing Pattern
  • Define the Best-Fit Decoupling Strategy and Avoid Creating a New Virtual Silo Situation
  • Build a Common NFVI That Can Host Multiple VNFs With Carrier-Grade Attributes
    • Standardize Your COTS Hardware
    • Define Your Virtualization Domain

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