The move to network and service virtualization isn't exactly a race, but CSPs are well aware that falling too far behind could put them at a severe competitive disadvantage that will be difficult to overcome. The Future of Virtualization indexes provide CSPs with a set of clear benchmarks that can be used to measure their progress with that reported by a select group of the world's leading network operators.

The indexes are based on information gathered directly from key decision-makers within those network operators and are organized in three functional groupings:

Each index component provides CSPs with a single, integrated view of where the world's leading CSPs are in the virtualization process, and the progress they are making -- or not making -- in moving to the virtualization model. The indexes will be updated on a regular basis, providing an industry-wide composite scorecard for tracking the transition to virtualized networks and services.