AT&T, vCPE and Vendor Differentiation – Can’t Say We Didn’t See This Coming

Peter Jarich
Peter Jarich

Summary Bullets:

  • AT&T’s recent “Network on Demand” announcements with Brocade, Cisco, and Juniper point to its continuing progress with virtualization and its Domain 2.0 strategy.
  • The fact that three vendors are supporting the launch and supporting virtual routing on a common platform suggests NFV is beginning to deliver on the promise of vendor agnosticism.
  • It also suggests that vendor messaging needs to evolve and focus on VNF performance vs. availability.

Glen Hunt from our transport and routing team recently wrote an analysis of AT&T’s “Network on Demand” work with Brocade, Cisco and Juniper. It’s a good report. Among other things, it calls out the significance of AT&T delivering virtual network functions (VNFs) from different vendors, out to the enterprise, as a solid proof point of NFV’s vendor agnosticism promised. At the same time, Glen also points out that the first “Universal CPE” being used in the service deployment was custom-built to AT&T specifications by Juniper. On paper, at least, the concepts of “vendor-agnostic” and “custom-built” are contradictory. Continue reading “AT&T, vCPE and Vendor Differentiation – Can’t Say We Didn’t See This Coming”