I am surprised it took so long for virtualization to hit the consumer market.
Telefonica and NEC are to work together on developing network virtualization technologies, the companies have announced.
The Spanish telco and Japanese vendor have a fair amount of history together, with NEC providing the platform underpinning Telefonica’s small-business software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings. Now that relationship is being extended to co-develop software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NVF) technologies.
The precise direction of that collaboration is a mystery for now, but here’s the background. Like other carriers, Telefonica is keen to re-engineer its networks to reduce management complexity and allow the rolling-out of new services that can only work across a virtualized, software-centric network. And along with its rivals, Telefonica is involved in a global specification-setting group for this very purpose – after all, interoperability is essential when you’re designing the telecoms networks of the future.
However, when specifications are being set, it helps to be in the driving seat; hence…
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