NFV Adoption: What Is It and Where Is the Technology Going?

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Tortoise vs. Hare – Tortoise Always Wins the Race

While strong, the momentum behind NFV adoption is still slow. Along with many influential technologies, while it will take a few years until full adoption takes place, mobile operators currently see the huge market opportunity. IHS Infonetics predicts that by 2019, NFV hardware, software and services market will grow to $11.6 billion, with software taking over 80 percent of this amount. In addition, SNS Research found the NFV market will reach nearly $21 billion by 2020 and will offer CapEx savings of approximately $32 billion for wireline and wireless service providers.

For mobile operators, the evolution and adoption of Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a positive look into the future of network operations. NFV is an initiative to virtualize network services that are currently carried out by hardware. The goal of NFV adoption is to decrease the amount of proprietary hardware needed to launch and operate network services, leading to reduced overhead costs and increased efficiency.

Full NFV adoption may take years to accomplish, but will enable network administrators to work without purchasing dedicated hardware to build a service chain. Server capacity will be able to be added through software and will eliminate the need for network administrators to overprovision their data centers, which will reduce both capital expenses (CapEx) and operating expenses (OpEx). NFV adoption will provide both increased agility and flexibility for organizations to accomplish the changing waves of network service demands.

Over the next few years, the network will see large service providers explore and start to implement a range of SDN and NFV technologies on common-off-the-shelf (COTS) platforms comprising a wide variety of use cases. In addition, NFV will become the mainstream option for service providers deploying cloud and network architectures.


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