Network Operators Leverage IT Assets for NFV

Service providers typically have an IT infrastructure which is running cloud and virtualization today. They also have a bunch of physical network functions which are doing the traditional business of the network.

We’re seeing a lot of network operators essentially importing expertise from their IT shop into the network side of their businesses because IT people know how to run apps in the cloud. And that’s really what NFV is all about.

That’s not to say that the IT cloud is immediately ideal for NFV, but it’s certainly a good starting point.

[Editor's note: For more on Taylor’s views about NFV and its development in the telecom industry, please watch his interview on TelecomTV.]