"Network functions virtualization (NFV) is a core structural change in the way telecommunication infrastructure gets deployed. This in turn will bring significant changes in the way applications are delivered to service providers. Through disaggregation of the traditional roles and technology involved in telecommunications applications, NFV will bring cost efficiencies, time-to-market improvements, and innovation to the telecommunication industry infrastructure and applications..."
"The data center networking market is evolving rapidly. Simplicity and agility are of increasing importance for networking and data center architects, but availability remains paramount. Enterprises should evaluate the different vendor approaches and architectures, with a particular focus on software-related capabilities..."
"Software-defined networking (SDN), as defined by the ONF, is the physical separation of the network control plane from the forwarding plane, and where the control plane controls several devices. When it comes to network virtualization, the SDN approach allows the network provider to integrate physical and virtual environments; and, if done correctly, it also unlocks never-before realized capability, intelligence, and visibility. The network provider has a choice in how this integration is accomplished—a choice which has direct implications on whether they will merely solve their network virtualization problems or whether they’ll place themselves on a path to unlock the full potential of an intelligent, SDN-enabled converged infrastructure..."