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What does it take to operationalize NFV and SDN?

Communications service providers are committed to using virtualization technologies like network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) to improve agility and reduce costs, but they haven’t completely figured out how these technologies can be operationally deployed and managed to meet their business objectives.

In a recent webinar, Phil Tilley, Director NFV & CloudBand Product Marketing, Nokia, and Jean-Marie Calmel, Global NFV/Cloud Solutions and Services Architect, Nokia, discussed the requirements for operationalizing virtualization and cloud technologies with Barry Graham, Senior Director, Agile Business & IT Program, TM Forum.

“Rightly so, the operations team is very cautious about how they change the mode in which they operate,” Tilley says. “The concept of not having much visibility of where the functions sit in the network is something that is sort of frightening and scary. In operationalizing them – making sure we’ve got the processes and workflows in place that enable automation in a closed-loop environment – there is a certain mindset shift that has to take place.”

Here’s a clip from the webinar:

Watch the full webinar here.



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Dawn Bushaus began her career in technology journalism in 1989 at Telephony magazine, which means she’s been writing about networking for a quarter century. (She wishes she didn’t have to admit that because it probably gives you a good idea of how old she really is.) In 1996, Dawn joined a team of journalists to start a McGraw-Hill publication called tele.com, and in 2000, she helped a team at Ziff-Davis launch The Net Economy, where she held senior writing and editing positions. Prior to joining TM Forum, she worked as a freelance analyst for Heavy Reading.

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