In March two reports were published offering more proof that the telecom industry is embracing cloud solutions. Communication service providers (CSPs) are increasingly saying yes to cloud sourcing, not cloud building, when it comes to network evolution.
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.
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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.
Infonetics Research hosted a webinar earlier last week entitled Migrating to IMS in the Cloud with NFV. That's three of my favorite topics right there: IMS, cloud and NFV. IMS NFV can be consumed in two ways: build the cloud or use the cloud. That's two options: IMS in the cloud or IMS from the cloud. There is an important distinction to be made between cloud technologies and cloud X-as-a-service solutions. The former requires building, the latter is about leveraging what's already built.