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.]
Martin Taylor is chief technical officer of Metaswitch Networks. He joined the company in 2004, and headed up product management prior to becoming CTO. Previous roles have included founding CTO at CopperCom, a pioneer in Voice over DSL, where he led the ATM Forum standards initiative in Loop Emulation; VP of Network Architecture at Madge Networks, where he led the company’s successful strategy in Token Ring switching; and business general manager at GEC-Marconi, where he introduced key innovations in Passive Optical Networking. Martin has a degree in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. In January 2014, Martin was recognized by Light Reading as one of the top five industry “movers and shakers” in Network Functions Virtualization.