Enterprise Management Associates’ (EMA) research clearly demonstrates that communication service providers view software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) as more than just cost-saving technologies. However, their research has determined that most organizations’ existing network management systems are ill-prepared to fully support SDN and NFV. Just 30 percent of CSPs said their inventory management tools were ready, while only 33 percent reporting their performance management tools were prepared, and just 32 percent were confident in their fault management tools.
Clearly a major threat to SDN and NFV success looms for CSPs. Most incumbent operations support and readiness tools and service assurance systems are not prepared to support these new network technologies. Several new functional requirements have emerged that management systems vendors must address. With its new Virtual Network Assurance (VNA) software, CA has delivered a technology that enables SDN and NFV management. CA’s Virtual Network Assurance solution is a good example of how software vendors can address these new management requirements and help communications service providers succeed with SDN and NFV.