Insight: SDN/NFV Market Check-In

Posted by Mae Kowalke on Monday, April 06, 2015 with No comments

There have been some interesting developments in the SDN/NFV market latelyand commentary on the significance of those activities. Seems like a good time to take a look at a few virtualization sub-topics. 

To start off, SDxCentral Keith Griffith recently noted that a number of industry observers predict the divide between IT departments network administrators and data center operators will soon vanish. Why? Because of the "silo-busing" effect of SDN/NFV as virtualization and disaggregation bring compute, storage, network, and facilities under one roof, centrally controlled by a team of DevOps professionals.  

Software-defined infrastructure is changing things for services providers, too. Providers know their operations and billing software (OSS/BSS) falls short of being able to orchestrate the coming wave of virtualized networking, said managing editor Craig Matsumoto in a recent article. The need for more automated replacements is becoming more urgent as SDN and NFV come closer to reality. 

Another focus of virtualization is using SDN to optimize WAN, internetworking and the network edge, observed SDxCentral in a recent Featured Article. There are huge drivers for cost, utilization, resiliency and overall service delivery around SDN in external network connectivity and performance applications. 

For mobile network operators (MNOs), which have increasingly been adopting policy control solutions to gain insights from network analytics, virtualization is leading to even more flexibility and agility, noted SDxCentral. Using NFV can deliver both cost savings and service velocity for MNOs. Combining cloud with virtualization further enhances this effect.  
Most telcos find it took costly in terms of time, money, and effort to economically serve the small and medium-sized business (SMB) market, observed Light Reading Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre. But, that's changing thanks to the capabilities made possible by virtualization and the cloud. Could this finally lead to a viable strategy to service the SMB sector? 

What do you think is the most significant recent development in the SND/NFV market?
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