Cisco Expands Analytics, NFV Solutions for Service Providers
Also at the MWC, Cisco officials will talk about the vendor's efforts around network-functions virtualization (NFV) for service providers. A number of telecommunications service providers will be on hand at the show to talk about working with Cisco in delivering virtual managed services. In a post on the company blog, Rob Lloyd, Cisco's president of development and sales, wrote about the vendor's years-long effort—which included reworking Cisco's internal workings to be able to more rapidly develop new technologies and services—to enable service providers to more quickly develop and deploy their own services. "What I'm really excited about is going way beyond NFV building blocks (which, for the record, will number 80+ by year's end) to delivering the profitable business outcomes that are our customers’ top priority," Lloyd wrote. "I'm talking about service providers being able to rapidly roll-out on-demand VPN services to small and medium businesses—a massive market opportunity. I'm talking about enabling providers—with a few clicks—to create, automate and deliver a multitude of new connectivity services that save customers money and time, all delivered with amazingly simple end-user experiences." Cisco has built up its NFV capabilities, both through in-house development and acquisitions, such as Tail-f Systems last year. Cisco's Virtualized Managed Business Services solution "combines the industry's richest portfolio of homegrown virtualized network functions with the user experience of the Meraki Managed Cloud," he wrote. "It incorporates innovations conceived by Cisco as part of the OpenDaylight Linux Foundation collaborative project and couples them to the service orchestration capability acquired from Tail-F and a new end-user portal we created to deliver outstanding customer experiences."
Lloyd also noted that Cisco's revamped internal development efforts enable the company to build the solution—from conception to the first shipment to a customer—in six months.