Large business customers can be very lucrative for operators as they require the delivery of high-bandwidth business data services such as Carrier Ethernet, Metro Ethernet and MPLS VPNs. However, it can be very complex and expensive to provision services for these customers because each has a completely different networking environment based on equipment from different vendors.
Many operators are turning toward new approached to networking in the form of software defined network (SDN) and Network Function Virtualization (NFV) technologies to help reduce the capex and opex associated with offering services in these complex environments. According to Infonetics Research, more than 90 percent of operators surveyed plan to include SDN or NFV in their network at some point. SDN and NFV each take capabilities normally found embedded in hardware and instead runs them in software or in the case of NFV, in virtualized environments. In addition to cost savings through opex and capex reductions, these technologies help operators reduce time to market for new services, lower the risk of trialing new services with customers, and deliver agility, flexibility and scalability.
But in that same Infonetics survey, operators stated that service provisioning and fulfilment was seen as the biggest barrier to deploying technologies such as NFV and SDN in their networks. That’s why we’re incredibly pleased to be teaming with NetYCE to break down those barriers, bringing Idea-to-Install capabilities to SDN and NFV environments. This partnership ensures that service providers can automate end-to-end fulfilment of their business data services, regardless of whether it’s in a traditional networking environment or one based on SDN or NFV.
In addition to cost savings through opex and capex reductions, these technologies will help service providers reduce time to market for new services, lower the risk of trialing new services with customers, and deliver agility, flexibility and scalability to address changing demands on their network. By solving the provisioning and fulfilment issues for providers, we’re helping them move one step closer to their goals.