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The pressure to operationalize NFV platforms is escalating, and while the industry still disagrees about business models, licensing structures, and who owns accountability for what, there is one thing vendors and CSPs seem to agree on for 2019: more automation.


  • Automation will spread further across the network to address hybrid networking complexities. More automation won’t be a panacea, but to start combining and managing siloed VNFs, more automation is needed to support better management and scaling across the network.

Features and Benefits

  • Evaluate the past year's lessons learned in NFV
  • Understand what is on the horizon in 2019 for NFV

Key questions answered

  • How are CSPs' demands for NFV solutions changing in 2019?
  • What should leading vendors consider this year in terms of portfolio expansion and new features?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for CSPs
  • Recommendations for CSP partners

More automation for scale and service delivery

  • Automation focus goes further down into the network stack
  • More demand for standardization of interfaces and open APIs
  • What to expect in 2019

CSPs get closer to container-based NFV platforms

  • As NFVI matures, CSPs will want platforms with container support
  • What to expect in 2019

NFV orchestration systems are maturing

  • Work is still needed for platform-wide MANO
  • What to expect in 2019


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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