One of the best aspects of the current network is the way it lays the groundwork for virtualization. Developing a future where the networks become more organized isn’t going to come all at once: it will proceed naturally out of the infrastructure we already have. While there are changes that need to occur, there is also inherent potential that can bring the virtualized network closer to a reality.
Part of what makes current networks so ready for transformation is the vast amount of data we need to deal with. Computer World recently spoke to 451 Research network research vice president Jennifer Clark, who referenced the demand that comes with the present level of data transfer. Whether or not they realize it, telecom companies can see their existing need as a signal that these further developments are necessary.
“With the emergence of cloud and access to information and resources from wherever you are, it demands a similarly flexible network architecture,” Clark said. “If you don’t have a network that is as flexible as your application architecture, you are hobbling the overall enterprise.”
When considering the requirements for the NFV world, businesses can look first at the elements that are already in place. These include some of the following examples:
- Adding to existing hardware: Though the virtual network may eventually free us from the need for physical equipment, the path of development will require the infrastructure and computers in place today. Server virtualization can involve elaborate use of software partitions , as ITProPortal suggested, but the movement also depends upon the physical server where the programs are first housed. That’s part of why the effort is a transition, as it draws from the way hard drives and network peripherals are currently used.
- Open-source software: By definition, the programs that make up the virtualized network will largely be accessible and non-proprietary. We can see this trend in the current network space and expect it to continue, encouraging flexibility.
- Regulation: Wireless Week recently mentioned independent testing as one of the ways to lower operational risk during the transition to full NFV. It gives the example of the New IP Agency as a source of testing mandates, but other options could arise as SDN evolves to follow the open source nature of the movement.
- Wide application: The expanses of SDN-friendly initiatives are looking to various different platforms for the future of the network. Last year, Enterprise Tech reported on the OpenDaylight project, which would include NFV as just one of the different ultimate goals for use. The source also said that an advisory group with representatives from different important organizations was part of the project’s plans.
Telecom companies can use their current expertise and resources to embrace NFV solutions. CloudSmartz will help organizations find the way that works for them.