Telecom Italia is the largest telecom company in Italy. Their challenges are to maintain innovation for next-generation advantage, reduce operating cost and improve service provider agility and deliver new products and services. They chose Cisco to overcome these challenges. They have implemented software-defined networking, initially based on OpenFlow implementation and Cisco unified computing system servers and cloud network foundation. The results of implementing Cisco were optimized potential for software-defined networking research, enabled network slicing for efficient network use and created stable environment for experimentation.