Network disaggregation: reshaping CSPs’ IP networks for 5G, cloud and edge
08 March 2021 | Research
Strategy report | PPTX and PDF (7 slides) | Cloud Infrastructure Strategies
Network disaggregation (that is, the decoupling of network hardware and software) was first embraced by hyper-scalers that implemented large-scale disaggregated and software-defined data centres and wide-area networks to drive service innovation and market differentiation. Communications service providers (CSPs) are starting to apply a similar approach to their IP core, transport and access networks by using an emerging ecosystem of hardware (white-box and merchant silicon), network operating system (NOS) software and professional services solutions.
This report provides:
- an overview of network disaggregation in CSPs' IP core, transport and access networks and the emerging vendor ecosystem
- an analysis of the drivers, challenges and operational implications of network disaggregation
- an overview of network disaggregation use cases and deployment models
- a discussion of the operational requirements for network disaggregation lifecycle management
- recommendations for CSPs on how to take full advantage of network disaggregation.
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