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NFV (Network functions virtualization)

The New Network Economics

Equinix's Bill Long says the costs to deploy the network are undergoing a big shift in the age of virtualization and automation and are altering the economics of buying decisions. Instead of a cost structure that correlated to the amount of network being deployed and where it is being deployed, there are new software-related costs that need to be factored in. Long also discusses how virtualization and automation are affecting engineering skillsets to change from a network provisioner to a software developer.

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