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Kevin Mitchell
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3/23/2015 | 5:46:17 PM
System Disintegration
This is gonna be a gnarly problem. For voice, NFV disaggregates and decomposes on top of what VoIP and IMS have already done. First is the integration into a working system. Then it's the upkeep and troubleshooting. More touch points = more break points.

A SI gives service providers like Telefonica a single throat to choke. But that SI is going to have its hands around many vendors' throats!

I touched on this in The New IP in Virtual Machines, Real Complexity 
Alexis Debreu
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3/18/2015 | 4:08:50 AM
Atos a NFV integrator
NFV introduce a lot of technical and organizational changes including network, OSS, BSS. People have to change their way of thinking and start to work with new players. New skills must be acquired by all actors.

A System integrator with IT and network expertise secure the transition to the NFV.

Another aspect of NFV is the interoperability between solutions. Playing with actors having wide foot print (NFVi, VNF, MANO) is a risk to recreate silo.

Atos start "cloudification" of Telco core network and VaS end of 2000's.  Live deployment experience for tier1 allows to propose a pragmatic evolution to NFV.
kmoran-affirmed
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3/17/2015 | 7:07:01 AM
Please add my company to your list
Contrary to what many may think, NFV is no longer just a lab experiment.  My company, Affirmed Networks was founded on NFV.  We count AT&T, Vodafone, NTT-West, LGU+, and many others, as customers who have embraced our virtualization platform.
Gabriel Brown
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3/16/2015 | 6:39:27 AM
Re: Success Factors
Ray's point about multivendor interoperability is critical. It is perhaps the decisive factor in choosing an NFV platform and integrator.

"convincing Tier 1 operators of multivendor neutrality -- independent SIs will have a stronger pitch there."
Ray@LR
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3/16/2015 | 1:53:20 AM
Re: Add my company to the list
Doug

Of course there are specialist integrators, such as your company, and in this field your name as a specialist does stand out!

Are you going to compete with the big guys? I feel you might be pitching for different roles than a Tech Mahindra or Accenture -- maybe they will need your services? 
Ray@LR
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3/16/2015 | 1:49:04 AM
Re: Success Factors
Yes, all of the major equipment vendors that have large professional services teams/resources will be gunning for this business for sure, with Ericsson probably having the advantage over the others as it already runs networks through its manged services deals, has a large prof services workforce and significant OSS capabilities, as well as being heavily involved in open source developments such as OpenDaylight.

Ericsson, though, like the other vendors, will have a harder time convincing Tier 1 operators of its multivendor neutrality -- independent SIs will have a stronger pitch there. 

 
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3/15/2015 | 8:05:04 PM
Add my company to the list
We have been working on our SDN/NFV services for over a year...are we going to have t comepete with the big guys?  Guess so!

 

www.sdnessentials.com

 

 
DHagar
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3/13/2015 | 8:13:40 PM
Re: Success Factors
Steve Saunders, I am with you on Cisco - I can see them entering this race.

This is a smart move with a new model for HP.

Maybe he will grow his beard back now, Ray?  It will definitely provide a more solid platform and advance the market, in my opinion.
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3/13/2015 | 3:51:00 PM
Re: Success Factors
What we´ve seen by looking into some leading solutions in the market: there´s still a huge know how gap in terms of how to operate the new nfv software eco-systems (services) incl. the open plattforms in an end2end way and providing carrier class sla's for the whole stack. That will be key for large scale market adoption.
Steve Saunders
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3/13/2015 | 8:35:08 AM
Re: Success Factors
Cisco will enter this space, i think. Agree, Ray? 
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