Chapter 9

An NFV Future

Abstract

Here we wrap things up with conclusions and opinions on the topics discussed. We consolidate the big questions around NFV from the earlier chapters and offer our opinions on a path forward.

Keywords

Conclusion; NFV; future; networks; moving forward

Introduction

Throughout this book, we have tried to bring the reader along on the evolution of thinking about Network Function Virtualization and in the process instill an understanding of both its potential problems (as realized today) and potential future benefits for network operators.

We have introduced the basic problems in service creation that provided the impetus for a change in paradigm. We moved through a monolithic physical hardware service solution, through aggregates ...

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