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Step Two for a Successful Transition to Network Virtualization: Operationalize

Step Two for a Successful Transition to Network Virtualization: Operationalize

Yes, precedent dictates that we start any operational discussion with Step One. However, these are unusual times. The future of the communications industry is nothing if not about thinking and operating differently. Therefore, we begin this report with Step Two: operationalizing the concepts and promise of the Virtual Network.2 Besides, the first step has already been taken.

Step One set out to prove that previously proprietary, hardware-based network functions could indeed be virtualized, and that they could operate in live network configurations. The industry has gone about as far as it needs to go with Step One by creating and executing hundreds of proofs-of-concept (POC) that show communications service providers (CSPs) that their network equipment can be virtualized.

That is the easy part. Organizing one’s business, operations and culture around virtualization is the challenge that lies ahead. This is the hard part, and the focus of Step Two.

About this report

This SPIE will focus on the operations aspect of Step Two, or what has quickly become known as operationalizing network function virtualization (NFV).


  • Introduction1
  • Operationalizing NFV
  • Network and Service Assurance: Contemplating the Unthinkable and Jettisoning Five-Nines Availability
  • Orchestration: Where CSPs' Highest Priority is Met
  • Driving a Hybrid Network is Not Like Driving a Prius
  • Data Management: A Platform unto Itself
  • Building on Early Experience with Network Virtualization
  • The Last Word

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