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An overlooked pillar of NFV/SDN: future-proofing the virtual network infrastructure (VNI) layer

Gorkem Yigit Senior Analyst, Research

"CSPs need new, future-proof VNI data centre builds for NFV/SDN."

This white paper outlines the imminent importance of the design, implementation and operational investment considerations of virtual network infrastructure (VNI) for communications service providers (CSPs) to adopt network function virtualisation (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies. CSPs that are active in NFV/SDN recognise the value of VNI such as Telefónica's UNICA.

This white paper provides the key recommendations the industry must consider before investing in the VNI layer for NFV/SDN:

  • CSPs need new, future-proof VNI data centre builds for NFV/SDN
  • hardware and software price bundling can negatively impact VNI TCO
  • industry collaboration is critical for commercial NFV/SDN success, starting with the crucial VNI layer.

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