More details in this article by SDxCentral: “From transport to customer experience, we are rebuilding our networks and applications to be more componentized,” Heeran said. “Vendors would, in the past, package hardware and software together. In this horizontal world, we’re splitting that. The bundling and selling of vertical silos won’t work anymore.”
This is the exact vision described in the original white paper published in October 2012 by a group of service providers, as part of an ETSI working group.
It is also perfectly in line with Enea’s strategy of providing software components in the form on NFV platforms, based on open-source, cost-efficient and optimized for high-performance.
A perfect example is Enea NFV Access, a lightweight virtualization software platform for customer premise deployment. It features high networking performance with optimized dataplane, mixed virtualization technologies (optimized KVM and/or Docker containers), and complete VNF lifecycle management. The objective is to create a foundation for vCPE agility and innovation, reducing cost and complexity for computing at the network edge.
Conversations at the SDN and NFV World Congress confirm that vCPE vendors are keen to source lightweight NFVi software from a specialist; this speeds up time to market and allows them to focus their own resources on building the complete CPE solutions.