Dell is looking to partnerships to to take advantage of the business opportunity presented by NFV. Dell will let its partners provide NFV software, while Dell delivers the underlying platform on which the software runs.
To deliver on the promise of NFV, traditional network equipment providers such as Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK)/Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. need to transition to standardized components from their legacy delivering proprietary hardware. And standardized components -- particularly servers -- are Dell Technologies (Nasdaq: DELL)'s bread and butter.
For Dell, NFV is an opportunity to provide the infrastructure for all the different ways that NFV is implemented, including servers, storage, networking, element management and fabric management.
Dell hopes NFV will drive growth into a market that's new to it: telcos and other comms companies.
To find out more about how Dell is facing the opportunities and challenges of NFV, read our Prime Reading feature, Dell Sees NFV as Gateway to Telecoms.