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Complexity of network virtualization creates openings for smaller vendors

In the early days of network virtualization, the emerging platforms were described in rather simple terms, largely taken from the data center market, where the approach had originated. Replacing integrated, single-purpose appliances with software running on COTS hardware was the main theme, with the visionaries envisaging a shift to the cloud. But these early discussions tended to downplay what is unique about virtualizing a network. The network hardware and software itself would be particularly challenging to replace without compromising performance, and some of it, especially related to the RAN, would have to remain. Only a multi-faceted approach to virtualizing the access network – wireless or wireline – will deliver the promised results, but that will also mean investing in multiple…

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