NFV Means More IT if its Potential is to be Fully Realised

October 9, 2014 - Aleks

The ways in which the functions of hardware will change from minute-to-minute in network functions virtualisation architectures means systems will have to be agile and flexible to a level they are not today. OSS/BSS is therefore being seen as a bottleneck - perhaps the bottleneck - to enabling operators to achieve all the potential benefits of NFV and SDN. 

The good news is that there is some development time for vendors to create NFV- and SDN-ready OSS/BSS. However, although the initial timeframe of five to 10 years being predicted for wide scale deployment of SDN and NFV appeared to be ample, in the OSS world it is not. 

Existing systems may not be fit for purpose and upgrading OSS/BSS with new systems is a far from rapid task. "A lot of our work in the last few years has been in preparation for this," says Shane O' Flynn, the general vice president of product and solution management at Openet. "It's one of those things that people often miss and it's most often missed where IT and OSS people don't talk to each other." 

O'Flynn warns that missing the importance could mean operators miss out on key NFV benefits. "[Without appropriate OSS] you end up with wonderfully virtualised networks but no way of tying them to the revenue flow and the money. That's the risk we're staring into." 

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