Service providers and enterprises are using software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) technology to deliver new services for the Wide Area Network (WAN). The goal is to deploy services primarily with software, coupled with industry standard hardware, which can speed up deployment and lower costs.
Such technologies, typically described as virtual customer premises equipment (CPE) or software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) are the topics of our forthcoming 2016 Virtual Edge Report: SD-WAN and vCPE. To gather information to help us analyze this technology trend, we have launched the 2016 Virtual Edge Survey to gather data from you – the audience – to help us understand what’s going on.
In the past, specialized WAN equipment was used to deliver new services, whether it be broadband, virtual private network (VPN), or specialized WAN applications such as WAN optimization. Virtual edge, SD-WAN, and vCPE technologies enable provisioning via software, to cut down on the capital and operating expense managing specialized hardware. As the industry moves toward standardized, commodity hardware, it will be easier to deploy services with software deployed from the cloud.
Our 2016 Virtual Edge report gets to the bottom of this, asking about equipment design, drivers for virtual edge technology, and the top functions being deployed and asked for in the SD-WAN market. The market includes traditional WAN segments such as routers, Network Interface Devices (NIDs) and vCPE – with an emphasis on how they are being replaced or refined to be software adaptable.
This is your opportunity to tell us what you think and have heard about SD-WAN and vCPE technology in the marketplace. If you complete our survey, which only takes a few minutes, you can receive an exclusive preview of the results before they are released to the public and the opportunity to enter an online raffle for a chance to win one of two $200 Amazon gift cards.
The results of the survey will contribute to the market analysis in the 2016 Virtual Edge Report: SD-WAN and vCPE, which is, as always, totally free of charge! This report will tell you everything you need to know about virtual edge trends and product evolution.
Some of the things we hope to learn from the survey:
- What type of form factors are most popular for deploying vCPE and SD-WAN services?
- Which architectures are being used to deploy SD-WAN services.
- How can SD-WAN and vCPE approaches speed service delivery
- Insights into what users are looking for and how vendors plan to deliver them
Our Market Landscape reports have been gaining huge traction, with some getting more than 30,000 downloads to date. The SDN Controller and NV report is one of our most popular reports in the space, covering leading technologies and dozens of companies.
So, if you have a few extra minutes, take the survey to get a free preview of the results and a chance to win some Amazon credit.
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