An Incremental Approach to SDN/NFV

“All the intelligence and all the value is moving into software in the cloud,” said Andy Randall, GM Networking Business Unit & SVP Corp Development of Metaswitch. Randall talks about the transition to using commodity hardware with software defining how that hardware is used. Ultimately, a software-based approach will allow for operators to be more nimble in responding to customer and market demands.

As he points out, the transition from hardware to software won’t happen overnight, as the software defined networking space is relatively nascent. He suggests there are opportunities for operators to begin working with SDN (Software Defined Networking) & NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) in an incremental way, preventing them from falling behind or investing too much, too early.

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