A new report by Caroline Chappell [pictured], Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading concludes that "SDN and NFV are disruptive from a management perspective because they require change at every level: in employee skillsets, process reengineering and automation, and new OSS capabilities .. The market is at an extremely early stage, and NFV is likely to involve at least a ten-year migration. Over this period network management architectures will evolve, and there will be an impact on the entire OSS vendor ecosystem".
- Network equipment vendors, rather than the best-known IT OSS vendors, are leading the development of next-generation architectures attempting to harmonize OSS with SDN and NFV.
- Three new network management approaches (see chart below) are emerging that will create different levels of disruption for service provider organizations:
- Vendors with very different backgrounds and perspectives are entering the race to provide a next-generation OSS capability for SDN and NFV, creating considerable confusion in the market
See "Managing the Virtualized Network: How SDN & NFV Will Change OSS" - here.