According to the ever-astute readers of The New IP, wherever they roam, the New IP will impact networks the most -- so say 43% of the respondents to last week’s poll, "What Will The New IP Impact the Most?"
Indeed, the idea of a network as we know it today will look vastly different as network functions virtualization (NFV) and software-defined networking (SDN) bring about the merger of the IT and telecom worlds. ETSI has already noted that soon a network equipment facility will be essentially the same as a data center, where virtualized network functions will be managed in common with IT management processes.
Right behind changes to the networks, 26% of poll respondents said the telecom mindset would be affected the most. There is no denying that anyone with an old-school mindset had better start swimmin' or they'll sink like a stone – well, maybe not that fast, but they won't last long, that's for sure. The upstart startup, fail-fast way of thinking is slowly starting to make its way into the minds of the telcos, as new competitors appear on the horizon.
Speaking of competitors, 17% said the competitive landscape would be most affected by the New IP, as the line blurs between what were once thought of as service providers and suppliers. With networks moving to look like data centers, service providers moving to the cloud, and telcos already operating their own data centers, it is going to be tricky to keep the players in their own little, easily defined boxes. In fact, when it comes to cloud, some companies are service providers and suppliers all rolled into one.
Surprisingly, only 13% of poll respondents said the bottom line would be most impacted -- which shows you how quickly people change their minds, because in last week’s poll, most respondents said the New IP was all about the money. Maybe they forgot what they voted for last week? Or perhaps when presented with all these other options, they realized that the whole business is extremely complex. One thing to keep in mind here, though: Despite the low percentage of folks that voted for this one, it's the business case that counts when embracing virtualization and new approaches such as open sourcing.
Last on the list was skill sets, with zero votes -- yup, zero. Now, this one was shocking, because it's the one topic that everyone can get behind -- What do you need to learn and do to keep up with the changing world? -- and the fact that no one voted for it made me wonder if folks don't realize that there’s a battle outside, and it's raging. It'll soon shake your windows and rattle your walls, for the times they are a changin'.
So now that I have used up all my best Bob Dylan lyrics, and Cyber Security Awareness Month is upon us, it's time to take a moment to think about battling the bad guys in this week's poll: Security and NFV. Let me know where you think service providers should start with tackling NFV security. Don’t delay; vote today.
— Elizabeth Miller Coyne, Editor, The New IP