2015 was another banner year for moving service provider voice from old school ways to deliver voice to cloud-based solutions. As residential and business VoIP continues the shift to cloud delivery models, that transition is also happening to service provider VoIP infrastructure. As part of the movement to web-scale, virtualized solutions, cloud voice platforms are increasingly adopted by all types of service providers to power new services and replace aging, obsolete networks.
Heavy Reading released The Future of Virtualization Index Report this week giving a read out on the network virtualization evolution across three dimensions: planning, deploying and investment status. Planning is in full swing, but deployments are rare. Cloud sourced NFV can accelerate that actualization.
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Cable MSOs have delivered impressive growth, but in order to not shed value they must respond to the coming disruption with innovation across products and business models. That's the message from Accenture's report Driving a New Era of Value Growth in the Cable Industry. We see the cloud voice platform as one such response to the headwinds associated with cable voice services and aging VoIP networks today.
I find that NFV and cloud get conflated frequently and, while related, they are not the same. Even the term cloud can represent distinct approaches and adverse philosophies to next-generation infrastructure solutions. NFV is integral to the cloud, but a true cloud solution is much more.
VoIP fraud is serious business and rightly worries the finance, security and operations teams at service providers. And so we take it seriously with a collection of tools, safeguards and policies that first aim to prevent fraud from taking place and then, secondly, mitigate the exposure should a bad guy get through. The limits we put into place translate into minimized risk.
DevOps is one of the buzziest terms out there and for good reason. To deliver on the service agility and "fail fast" goals, both technology and culture transformations are needed. Cloud, NFV and web-scale technologies need a companion organizational philosophy for service providers to truly thrive and rapidly respond to market opportunities.
The state of voice demands change. There’s no escaping that fact; service providers will need to make a change this year or in the next two-three years. We also think that service providers should change and rethink the approach for virtualizing voice. That’s the gist of the great conversation I had with Liz Coyne, editor of The New IP, earlier this week. During the conversation we explored why an alternative approach is needed and how service providers can evolve their voice network infrastructure through cloud-based, hosted NFV.
Change is coming for network infrastructure. Service providers must upgrade their aging and inflexible networks to remain competitive in today’s increasingly challenging environment. NFV and web scale technologies will lie at the heart of all that change. But in what form? How is NFV best consumed? We think the application or technology should play a large role in defining the approach. When it comes to voice, we think that approach should be leveraging the cloud, not building one.
Start-ups always have the zeal and faith that what they are doing is right, helpful and transformative. It's nice when that vision gets validated from analysts and press, especially critical, show-me-the-proof ones. I'm very pleased that Alianza has received that recognition from Light Reading.
Any new venture has risks. Building the next network for voice is no exception. We often talk about TCO reduction and operational simplification as easy justifications for moving to the cloud. So, too, is de-risking the VoIP 2.0 endeavor.