When I think about SDN/NFV, I often think about a class I took in high school where my teacher had a handful of big rocks, a set of smaller rocks, a short pile of sand and a glass jar in front of him. The challenge was to get all the contents to easily fit into the jar. For those who have seen this demonstration, you know the secret is to focus your initial efforts on the placing the big rocks in the jar first, then following with the smaller items to fill in the gaps.
Our teacher went on to describe how each of the large rocks represent the foundation of anything you trying to accomplish personally or professionally. If you get the big stuff right, the smaller items, though not easy, have a better chance of fitting into your overall plans. Since that time, I’ve used this analogy when approaching large projects by focusing on what matters most, first.
So what are the large rocks of SDN/NFV? I tend to see the following large rocks:
- Knowledge and understanding of the technology
- Insight on the business drivers for change
- Integration with operational tools and processes
These are pretty big rocks to contend with, but this coming Thursday April 23rd in a joint webinar with TM Forum, “Managing Performance in the Era of Software Defined Everything”, we will be discussing some of these challenges, with the ability to interact with the presenters in a session.