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NFV deployment models: ‘virtual boxes’ predominate as orchestrated deployments are slow to take off

Caroline Chappell Research Director
Gorkem Yigit Senior Analyst, Research

"Operators need to plan to deploy end-to-end orchestrated platforms if they are to maximise the benefits of NFV."

83% of network function virtualisation (NFV) deployments to date are 'virtual box' implementations where a single vendor implements all components. Building an end-to-end orchestrated platform for all virtualised network functions (VNFs) is difficult and these platforms account for 2% of NFV deployments. However, operators must consider this type of deployment if they are to reap the full set of benefits.

This report:

  • describes three NFV deployment models and assesses their respective levels of implementation
  • analyses to what extent deployment models will change over time and assesses how much vendor revenue will be associated with the different types of implementation
  • provides recommendations for operators that want to move to an end-to-end orchestrated platform for all VNFs
  • outlines the implications for vendors as operators shift to end-to-end orchestrated platforms over the deployment of 'virtual boxes'.