During the last twenty years of working to bring IT technologies into the telecom space and foster close collaboration between industries, I have witnessed the potential of virtualization first hand. I’ve seen that creating simulated environments of both hardware and operating systems has enabled us to instantly reduce expenses, limit hardware use, and improve IT management.
While you would be hard-pressed today to name a data center that hasn’t begun to virtualize its infrastructure, communications service providers (CSPs) have only just begun to explore its potential to be able compete with OTT players like Facebook Messenger, Netflix, Skype and WhatsApp.
In July last year, Ericsson, together with Light Reading and co-sponsors Cisco, Intel and HP, embarked on a journey to pioneer a six-month research initiative, to help define the scope of the unique business opportunity for CSPs presented by virtualization. The initiative, called the Future of Virtualization Program, is aimed at providing a realistic timeline for virtualization deployment and generating a comprehensive database of the vendors, technologies, standards, people and products fundamental to building the new global, virtualized communications economy. Results will be shared through the crowd-sourced online resource Virtuapedia.
Virtuapedia consists of a searchable set of databases covering the entire spectrum of network and services virtualization as well as a series of concise indexes that track the progress CSPs make in their virtualization efforts using real-world input. The indexes, which focus on planning, deployment and spending, will be updated on a regular basis, providing concrete and realistic benchmarks to measure progress against competitors – both existing and new ones.
By the end of 2015, we managed to map 710 products, onboard 471 companies and have more than 12,000 individuals registering with Virtuapedia. As we move on to Phase 2 of the program, where we further enrich the search engine and include taxonomy mapping to the ETSI NFV reference architecture, the success of Virtuapedia to me is a clear manifestation that the industry is ready for the next steps in virtualization.
Reflections by Ericsson
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VP Datacom, Ericsson CTO office
Martin Bäckström has more than 20 years of strong experience in Wireless Data and track record in managing technology, products, and solutions designed to support business requirements. He is responsible for bringing IT technologies into the telecom space and fostering close cooperation between industries in areas such as Cloud, Virtualization, SDN and Analytics.