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DHagar
DHagar
9/27/2017 5:47:50 PM
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Re: State of NFV & SDN
@Mike, excellent analysis of progress, barriers, and requirements to truly transform to getting full value from NFV & SDN. 

You have hit the key points with the fact that there are unpredictable affects from the virtualization itself and this truly requires training and leadership.  It further impacts broader segments so has to embrace multiple operations and the entire network and system.

Getting comfortable leading in this environment is key.  The leading providers will have leadership that is capable of delivering "all-of-the-above".

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dcawrey
dcawrey
9/27/2017 7:20:46 PM
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Re: State of NFV & SDN
This is exactly why new technology needs to be used in the lab before it is let loose. 

I'm really excited for this virtualized future but I too worry a bit about things possibly going haywire. 

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/27/2017 8:45:33 PM
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Yes and no, alas
> "'The lawyers have to be able to understand the technologies to sign off on the contracts,' he said."


In a good and intelligent legal department, yes.

Unfortunately, some contract lawyers just kind of slap their ancient boilerplate on everything and know no words other than "This is our standard [blah blah blah]" and "This is how we do it." It's a relief when you can talk to someone who's actually intelligent and reasonable about what language should say to accommodate particularized technologies and other circumstances  -- but you don't always find them.

One colleague of mine, a corporate lawyer, had the best response when it came to negotiating a corporate lease. He sent over his amendments. The landlord's contract attorney said, "This is our standard leasing contract."

My friend replied, "And these are my standard amendments to the standard leasing contract."

He got his amendments agreed to.

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Joe Stanganelli
Joe Stanganelli
9/27/2017 8:46:21 PM
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Re: State of NFV & SDN
@dcawrey: What troubles you specifically?

And, moreover, how do you feel about Oracle's recent announcement of a 100% automated network?

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 9:48:12 PM
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Leadership
Companies that implement NFV and SDN will require senior leadership that understand the benefits of using NFV and SDN. It will also require buy-in from all stakeholders including employees. Leaders who choose NFV and SDN are technology savvy and have the ability to make sound decisions.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 9:50:49 PM
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Change
To implement major solutions will require buy-in from all departments. Most people are reluctant to change especially employees who fear that change will result in job loss or a reduction in job duties. Companies will have to implement an organizational change management plan to address cultural issues that will arise.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 9:54:09 PM
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Caution
Most companies move slowly and don't move quickly when deciding on a new technology. The best approach to implement any technology or solution is by using a phased approach. This allows time to find defects and address them.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 9:56:27 PM
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Re: State of NFV & SDN
@dcawrey, I agree. No technology ever works as hoped without adequate testing. Testing in a lab also require a good test plan to ensure the technology has been tested enough. It also requires testing unusual scenarios to reduce the number of unexpected defects.

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 9:58:56 PM
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Hesistant
Based on past experience it is understandable why enterprise customers were reluctant to put virtualized services such as security and routing onto a single box to reduce the impact to multiple services when downtime occurs.

However, it the solution provided redundancy or high uptime statistics, NFV and SDN should remain stable in any environment. The key word is "should".

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freehe
freehe
9/27/2017 10:03:06 PM
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Re: Yes and no, alas
@Joe Stanganelli, Thanks for the insight. It is good to know that some lawyers take an interest in learning the topic they are representing. It would be great if all lawyers functioned this way.  It would improve negotiations and may help reduce confusion or issues that may arise after the contracts are signed.

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