Published On: Wed, Feb 22nd, 2017

Creating Agility & Efficiency at Scale: The Economic Advantage of Open Architecture Platforms in NFV Deployments

Analysis of alternative platform designs in a Tier 1 installation highlights simpler, more agile design with an estimated five-year TCO of 53% and 3x faster activation of new service offerings than more tightly bundled alternative

Paul Parker-Johnson recently completed a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) study, underwritten by Big Switch Networks, Dell EMC, F5, and Red Hat, examining a prominent Tier 1 operator that launched its broad t to NFV using an open, modular, best-of-breed design that broadly uses open APIs and software-driven processes at many layers of operation. Compared to a tightly bundled approach, the results show:

• Cumulative TCO of the open architecture platform over five years estimated to be 53% lower
• The open architecture platform is 3x faster, on average, in deploying new service offerings

A copy of ACG Research’s report Creating Agility and Efficiency at Scale: The Economic Advantages of Open Architecture Platforms in NFV Deployments can be obtained from these sites:

Big Switch Networks:

Dell EMC

F5 Networks:

Red Hat:


Attending Mobile World Congress?

Join ACG Research, Big Switch Networks, Dell EMC, F5 Networks and Red Hat in the Mobile World Congress panel: “Quantifying the Benefits of the NFV Transformation: Openness, New Network Economics & Service Agility,” in which representatives from each organization will discuss in-depth this project and ACG Research’s findings.

When: Tues. February, 28th at 10 am CET

Where: VMware Theater, Hall 3K10