If it’s business as usual, we would move to operation phase and start reaping the virtualization benefits.
But here is a point. It is not just about implementing a technology like SDN or NFV; rather, it’s about the skills to run a network that is virtual, elastic and not hardware centric. Isn’t it quite different from the physical networks we traditionally deal with on a day-to-day basis?
And this point emerged strongly when I talked to multiple executives of Tier 1 and Tier 2 telcos recently about how they foresee the operation of their virtual networks in the future. In particular, what are their big concerns about operating the software-based networks?