Carriers Embrace Trial & Error Approach as NFV Becomes Real

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands — Telcos kicked off the SDN World Congress here with boasts about how un-telco-like they’ve become, influenced by software-defined infrastructure and the world of virtualization. Specifically, they’re starting to adopt software’s “agile” philosophy by being willing to proceed in small steps, rather than waiting for technology to be fully baked.

“The time of proofs-of-concept is over. You need to take it to production,” said Deutsche Telekom Vice President Axel Clauberg during his opening keynote here at the SDN World Congress.

That’s particularly true in network functions virtualization (NFV), where telcos might be tempted to wait for management and network orchestration (MANO) to get sorted out. Multiple proposals are in development, particularly from the Open-O and Open Source MANO (OSM) open source projects.

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