Often, the OpEx and CapEx benefits of virtualization are talked about in broad, general terms. But how exactly does the softwareization of networks and service delivery, especially for cable MSOs, save money and make things more efficient? One area that doesn’t get much attention is the potential to reduce or at least curb energy consumption.
For example, in the DOCSIS arena it’s typical to over-provision by creating very large platforms that use a lot of energy from day 1 before the full capacity is needed. Since it might take years to grow into that capacity, this operational practice results in a lot of wasted energy. With virtualization, processing power can be added in slices as it’s needed; incremental growth is much more efficient.