Drew Conry-Murray of Packet Pushers comments:
Verizon has announced the production deployment of an OpenStack-based infrastructure platform for network functions virtualization (NFV) offerings.
The provider took pains to clarify that the announcement is just about the infrastructure that will run virtualized network functions; it’s not about the functions themselves. The NFV part of that story has yet to be told.
That said, the infrastructure platform is an interesting mix of components. Verizon has embraced the concept of disaggregation by assembling an architecture that allows it to swap out network hardware or software as necessary.
Carriers love the idea of SDN. They also love that it can be deployed in stages. This is the value that people will derive from the software focused future.