Virtualization: When will NFV cross the chasm?

Originally posted with the CloudNFV group on LinkedIn (an open group): link

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It’s based on interviews of a range of NFV thought leaders from Carriers, SDOs and vendors – including yours truly.

Here’s my full take on organizational transformation –

As the paper suggests Carrier virtualization is a brave new world, which requires thought and planning.

Disruptive high-risk big bang approaches are scary. The tendency in such moments is to try and control change, by biting it off in small chunks, but that’s driving without a destination, or as Yogi Berra put it “got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

The point being that proving isolated base cases will never deliver an integrated solution. You constrain risk to small units, but you neglect end-to-end risk.

There is a third-path –

CloudNFV has distinguished itself from day one by focusing on application architecture rather than simply building static, siloed solutions. We recognized that the challenges of Carrier virtualization, MANO and distributed computing in general required powerful new high-level abstractions to help hide the complexity of composing and managing services in a multi-vendor, multi-technology, multi-domain environment. This allows the business to stay focused on customers, products and profits, while yielding benefits of DevOps automation, service-velocity and business agility.

If you start with a platform that has a sound architectural foundation you can think big, start small and scale fast — the mantra of both Cloud and Agile thinking, which is exactly where Carriers want to be!