Will the NFV legacy trip up telcos’ leapfrog into containers?
The never-ending and quixotic quest for the universal networking fabric.
Is curated open-source still open source?
Expect network connectivity between clouds to get more complicated.
Try as you might, there’s no avoiding 5G (real and fake), IoT, SD-WAN, or AI.
In 2019 SD-WAN solutions will converge toward a universal archetype.
A collaborative approach from service providers might yield better results than one that seeks to disempower the vendors.
Service meshes could displace many L4-7 networking functions. But will they?
DPDK has extended its reach beyond packet processing and could be a universal API for other acceleration functions needed for effective NFV.
Achieving standard, commodity uCPEs will be a longer journey than anticipated.
To succeed in SD-WAN, service providers will need to transform their organization and improve their selling skills. Can they do it?
Companies are rebranding their SDN products as SD-WAN, dynamic networking, agile networking, or cloud-native network to avoid being part of the SDN hype.
Express lanes to clouds and internet exchange points will drive the next stage of SD-WAN competition.
Gartner's recent 2018 Magic Quadrant report for WAN Edge Infrastructure provides a good overview of the SD-WAN market but its viewpoints may be a bit old-fashioned.
It's been more than six years since NFV became a reality but for service providers the transformation is far from over.