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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