SDN/NFV is finally ready to deliver on its promise: Cisco

Andrew Eaton, general manager of SDN NFV orchestration software sales for the global service provider unit (APJ) for Cisco.
Andrew Eaton, general manager of SDN/NFV orchestration software sales for the global service provider unit (APJ) for Cisco. (right)

The telecoms industry has been buzzing about SDN/NFV and the benefits of network virtualization for years, yet adoption has been surprisingly lackluster for a technology that promises telcos badly needed agility to compete in the digital age.

The good news is that the tide has finally turned, says Andrew Eaton, general manager of SDN/NFV orchestration software sales for the global service provider unit (APJ) for Cisco.

Speaking with Disruptive.Asia co-publisher Tony Poulos at TechXLR8 Asia, Andrew explained that many early business cases didn’t come to fruition for a variety of reasons, including the complexities of integrating with existing solutions and the level of customization required. But now SDN/NFV solutions have matured, and commercial deployments are demonstrating the tangible benefits of virtualization, starting with automation.

Andrew also walks Tony through Cisco’s vision for SDN/NFV, starting with orchestrating service delivery – a key step to automation – and from there to more complex use cases like virtual managed services, virtual CPE and SD-WAN.

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John Tanner has been covering the Asia-Pacific telecoms industry since 1996. He has two degrees in telecommunications, and worked for six years in the US radio industry in various technical and advisory capacities, covering radio and satellite equipment maintenance, studio networking, news writing and production, the latter of which earned him several regional and national awards.

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