VNF onboarding and lifecycle management: vital considerations to accelerate NFV adoption
18 April 2018 | Research
"The ease of onboarding VNFs and the automation of VNF lifecycle management are vital to achieve the expected benefits of NFV/SDN, such as higher service agility and lower operational economics."
Onboarding a virtual network function (VNF) to an individual operator’s network function virtualisation (NFV) infrastructure and management environment is a time-consuming and expensive integration exercise. This constrains communications service providers (CSPs) from introducing new VNFs, especially from multiple vendors – a key original goal of NFV. A slow convergence on a consensus approach to describing VNFs, as well as new tool chains and integration approaches can help to ease the problem.
This report provides:
- an overview of the challenges facing the industry with respect to VNF onboarding and lifecycle management
- the top considerations that CSPs and vendors must make to alleviate these challenges
- recommendations for CSPs and vendors.
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