Why UC and enterprise services are great candidates for virtualisation
Adoption of a virtualised network architecture and infrastructure is an inevitable and profound evolution of today’s telecoms networks. Choosing where to start is a key decision that will have an impact on how migration proceeds in general. That’s why selecting key services, such as UC and voice VPN as candidates for early adoption of virtualised infrastructure makes sense. This means, if you have an existing UC or voice VPN offer, you should consider how and if it can be migrated or, if you are considering deploying such solutions, you must make sure that it is compatible with your virtualisation plans.
Network function virtualisation is going to be one of the most profound changes to telecommunications infrastructure that we have experienced in recent times. It goes way beyond a technological change, such as migration to VoIP, adoption of 4G or the deployment of VoLTE, because it will affect all levels of what we understand as networks and the organisations that deliver them.
In essence, virtualisation marks a complete shift to an IT-enabled infrastructure that leverages common IT assets to support different network functions, enabled through Software-Defined Networking (SDN). This has implications for, not just infrastructure as we know it, but also for the people and processes behind them. Already, network operators are evaluating the impact this will have on their resources, as well as their network evolution and expansion plans.
In this context, two things stand out. First, there is little or no debate about whether virtualisation will happen. It’s accepted, more or less throughout the industry that it’s going to take place. The question is, when. Which means, the second point to note is, where to start?
Well, it makes sense to begin virtualisation initiatives with projects that are more easy to define, to manage and, ultimately, to measure. Operators need to select specific projects that can be based either on existing services that can be migrated to virtualised infrastructure or else to ensure that new projects are implemented using virtualised solutions from the outset.
As such, Unified Communications and related services, such as enterprise voice VPN are ideal candidates for migration to virtualised infrastructure. Operators can use these services as early-adoption candidates to gain experience and competence in virtualised assets while ensuring that key services are deployed in a future proof environment that carries them into the next generation and beyond, ensuring compatibility with other essential – and inevitable – virtualised investments.
It’s essential, therefore, to ensure that any existing UC or VPN services can be migrated to a virtual environment as well as to direct investment in any new UC or VPN service exclusively to solutions that are compatible with virtualised infrastructure. Any legacy service that cannot be successfully migrated will soon prove to be a drain on resources and undermine the benefits that are expected to be accrued from using a common, unified IT asset base.
At Gintel, we’ve already tackled this issue and have made sure that our solutions can be deployed in a virtual environment. As a result, whether you need to migrate from an existing solution or deploy a new one, you can be confident that we will deliver the service you need in a way that’s fully compatible with your NFV migration and rollout plans. So, if your current solution doesn’t have a path towards virtualisation, talk to us. Alternatively, if you are thinking about how to deploy such services, find out how our experience with deploying virtual solutions can help.