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Heavy Reading report explores NFV and MANO markets

December 30, 2014  

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Network functions virtualization (NFV) management and orchestration (MANO) is still early in development and will come to market slowly, but big vendors are ahead of the game in this market, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Service Provider IT Insider, a subscription research service from Heavy Reading.

Orchestration for NFV: The Big Players’ View examines the new vocabulary of orchestration in the context of NFV, and the battle for mind-share among industry bodies and the largest players in the network equipment provider, OSS and IT space.

It considers how services built of virtualized network functions are managed through their lifecycle and the ways that the biggest vendors are responding to the challenge of delivering NFV MANO platforms to support their customers. Finally it profiles 11 established vendors, describing their NFV orchestration strategies and relevant products, solutions and services.

“NFV has been one of the biggest topics in telecom since the publication by ETSI of the first NFV white paper in October 2012,” says Danny Dicks, research analyst with Heavy Reading and author of the report.

“The need and potential for opex and capex reduction, and faster and more innovative service creation and delivery, have been accepted throughout the industry, but those benefits cannot be realized without greater levels of automation in the IT systems and processes that support end-user services: NFV MANO.”

NFV orchestration is still at an early stage of development, with many vendors testing out their ideas with their customers, and developing concepts based on their existing network management, cloud management and operations support system (OSS) assets, Dicks says.

Key findings include:

* ETSI has defined NFV orchestration, but the functionality must coexist with other functions and systems and within broader environments, and therein lies the scope for confusion

* The choice of service and resource modeling language and tools is a differentiator

* A layered approach separating service orchestration from resource orchestration is proposed by many equipment providers, OSS and IT vendors

* Openness in orchestration means, at least in part, the ability to support multiple technology stacks

* The drivers of NFV are still strong, but it is difficult to make the change to the OSS systems

* The market is at an early stage of development with a range of maturity displayed by vendors, but big vendors are in a strong position.

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