VMware: Open Source Innovation: CSPs in Transformation
For Communications Service Providers (CSPs), times are changing. Long the dominant provider of broadband services, CSPs find themselves facing a near perfect storm of challenges to virtually every aspect of their business and operations. These challenges begin with an increasingly restless subscriber base pressuring them to deliver new services—the kinds of popular new services, programming content, and applications that customers are already receiving through Internet-based providers, such as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Hulu, and other over-the-top (OTT) content providers.
Faced with this competitive threat to their basic business model, CSPs are realizing the need to transform the way they operate their business. They understand they need to develop a more agile infrastructure, one that as Misbah Mahmoodi, VMware’s director of product marketing, says, “can turn on a dime” to support faster time-to-market and a more flexible operating model.
Transforming the CSP Network
A central problem for CSPs is that their network platforms are based on purpose-built, proprietary hardware equipment. To change or roll out new services is complex, costly, and time-consuming, often taking 18–24 months or more. And their software is often just as brittle and unchanging, further complicating the situation.
Faced with these challenges, CSPs seek a solution that is more agile, one that is based on open source software and rooted in virtualization, specifically, the architecture of network functions virtualization (NFV). “The NFV software model,” explains Mahmoodi, “is a new architecture in which the CSP replaces a network based on purpose-built hardware and moves it onto commercial off-the-shelf hardware (COTS).” CSPs then apply virtualization to “allow everything to run as software.”
Read the entire article here, Open Source Innovation: CSPs in Transformation
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