2014 will go down as the year network virtualization officially went mainstream. We saw deployments in production networks and the adoption of vendor solutions start to take off in a meaningful way. The 2014 edition of the Network Virtualization (NV) Report reviews all the shifts taking place in the market today; it covers modern approaches to NV and the vendors and solutions users are adopting to achieve greater agility and operational efficiencies.
As you know, elements of NV have been present in switches and routers for years, such as 802.1Q virtual local area network (vLAN) capabilities. But unlike historical NV technologies that were developed to address specific use cases, the NV technologies of today are fundamentally changing the way the network is designed, creating virtual networks within a virtualized infrastructure to reduce costs and increase the portability and scalability of network resources. The Report looks at:
- Current sentiment around NV.
- Main approaches to NV in the market today.
- Leading vendors providing NV solutions.
- Problems NV is being used to address.
The Report also includes the results of the SDxCentral Survey on NV. The unique insights of the 220 Survey respondents, who represented all types of organizations within the NV ecosystem, validated that NV is, in fact, mainstream. 48% of the respondents reported they already have NV solutions in their environment; 73% of the organizations that do not are looking to deploy NV solutions in the next two years (43% within 3-12 months, and 57% within 12-24 months). Check out the Report to get the details from the survey on:
- Who is adopting NV.
- Where NV is being deployed.
- The benefits of NV.
- The ‘must have’ features of NV solutions.
- Major NV vendor trends.
If you are one of those who is looking to deploy NV in the coming months, the Report offers a great reference resource for you on the leading vendors to help you differentiate between solutions currently on the market. The vendor profiles provide a high level view of the architecture of each vendor’s offerings, so you can understand the approach and identify potential deployment scenarios.
SDxCentral worked with the vendors to provide the relevant details on the capabilities of their specific solutions, such as:
- Ideal deployment locations.
- Approach – whether the solution programs the fabric directly, develops a network overlay or uses some hybrid approach.
- Protocols supported, encapsulation formats used, Layer 2 and 3 network services built in, hypervisors supported, orchestration stack integration, etc.
- Built-in Layer 4-7 services and insertion capabilities.
- Troubleshooting capabilities.
- Key Partners.
- Value proposition.
- Key differentiation.
- Customer references.
- Recent announcements and company resources.
We hope you find the 2014 NV Report a useful resource to help you stay up to date on the progress and shifts of the NV market.
Check out the 2014 online edition of the NV Report now.
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