You should look for a provider who has not cut corners in designing and deploying a 5G network. Smart 5G planning and design must include virtualization from the core to the edge. By doing so, you can be assured that a provider will be able to meet you and your customers’ needs by deploying applications and services in near real-time, while supporting new and innovative services that set you apart from the competition.
It’s also just as important that firms and agencies begin to move from traditional means of deploying services to a virtualized, software defined architecture. This transformation will enable firms and agencies to optimize their own environment by leveraging the capabilities of the service provider’s 5G network. Network virtualization results in the creation of a pool of virtualized resources (think connectivity, routing/switching, compute, storage, etc.) that can enable more applications to run on the same hardware, thereby saving money while offering more services to your customers.
Virtualization can also enhance your systems' security and resiliency, allowing your network to quickly and non-intrusively failover to instantaneously assigned substitute components without the loss of operational continuity. In addition to failover strategies, you can segment the network with both role and location-based permissions and procedures to improve your security posture.