Preview the current SDx Analyst and Research Reports below:
2017 Next Gen Data Center Networking Report, February 2017
Business and application requirements have pushed web titans like FaceBook, Google, Microsoft and Amazon to innovative next gen data center designs that can meet the processing, networking and storage capacity required to serve millions to billions of users. At the networking layer, in addition to network link speeds increasing from 10Gbps to 40Gbps to 100Gbps, we are also seeing significant topology design changes. Large data centers are moving from traditional L2-based fat tree architectures with 3-tiers of access, aggregation and core layers into L3 ECMP-based multi-stage Clos networks that maximize link utilization and simplify application workload placement.
Along with that shift, SDxCentral research has observed that next gen data center networks focus more on software-centric controls (SDN). In addition, we’re seeing a shift towards disaggregation of networking devices (separating the constituent components), merchant silicon and white boxes in select verticals. Key success factors for building next gen data center networks include modularization and standardization of the fabric, ensuring support for virtualization and containers, adding programmability and automation as well as ensuring visibility to facilitate troubleshooting.
2017 Next-Gen OSS and the Rise of LSO Report, January 2017
In 2017 Next-Gen OSS (Operations Support Systems), LSO (Lifecycle Service Orchestration) and NFV MANO (Network Functions Virtualization Management and Operations) have become the leading points of discussion in the SDN and NFV Market. Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) technology represent key trends in telecommunications, driving towards a more agile, flexible network fabric and rich set of on-demand support network services that utilize that fabric.
The reality of SDN and NFV deployment is that they depend on a layer of orchestration and coordination that connects the ordering and business processes to how the network and associated services need to be configured to meet end-user and application demands. Historically, communications service providers (CSPs) built and used their Operations Support Systems (OSS) to perform these functions, but in the new world of cloud and agile networks, a new generation of OSS is evolving.
2016 Cloud Automation and DevOps Report: What’s Next for Networking in the Cloud?, November 2016
Cloud is the biggest trend in IT right now, but its growth and evolution is still in its early stages. As corporations and service providers alike look at a vast range of tools emerging to manage their cloud infrastructure, they have to make big decisions about the future. The 2016 Cloud Automation and DevOps Report lays out the latest development in technology that will support the evolution of the cloud. It will examine how cloud management, automation and DevOps are likely to influence and integrate with networking and software-defined anything (SDx) technology in the future.
This report aims to help you understand how DevOps and Cloud automation tools are being used as well as their influence on networking technology. It will also provide insights into market strategies and offerings designed to help you mitigate potential challenges. It will focus on cloud management, orchestration, and automation solutions, providing you with an analysis of industry trends, the key requirements to look for, as well as a sampling of vendor solutions on the market today, to help you make decisions that best meet the needs of your business and technical environment.
Virtual Edge Expanding: The 2016 SD-WAN and vCPE Report, October 2016
Over the past few years, software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) and virtual customer premises (vCPE) have emerged as the pre-eminent use cases for software-defined networking (SDN) technology, potentially solving the key user needs of increased flexibility and reduce hardware management and expense.
Our 2016 report covers these emerging WAN technologies, which we refer to as the virtual edge. It’s becoming clear that vCPE, as a key enabling technology for SD-WAN, has become the leading use case for both SDN and network functions virtualization, as demonstrated by growing customer engagements and service provider deployments. We’ll tell you why in this report.
Whether it’s an enterprise network manager trying to build a WAN, a consumer connecting to broadband, or a service provider building a new WAN service, network end users are tired of complicated, proprietary networks that require specialized knowledge and complicated configurations. In addition, service providers would like a simple way to push services out to their customers.
The Future of Network Virtualization and SDN Controllers Report, September 2016
This year, SDxCentral.com has combined the software-defined networking (SDN) Controller and Network Virtualization (NV) report. The reason is that we see the two technologies as complementary – and these markets will likely converge over time. We also see a potential for these solutions to end up merging with orchestration systems such as cloud management platforms or OSS or network service orchestration platforms. Regardless, most of today’s NVplatforms contain SDN controllers. Or put another way, NV is the most common use case for SDN controllers.
Generally speaking, NV solutions have mostly been deployed within data centers for cloud platforms (used in both enterprises and service providers), though we have seen NV start their spread into the campus and the WAN with SD-WAN based on overlay technologies. At the same time, SDN controllers (independent of the NV use case) have primarily been used for WAN deployments, to control and built out dynamic WAN topologies, or in other service provider solutions involving service function chaining. We will split out the technologies where we can, and the vendor product section at the end of this report containers separate categories for SDN controllers and NV solutions.
2016 Special Report: Network Performance Management Takes On Applications, June 2016
The landscape for application performance management (APM) and network performance management (NPM) has changed enormously over the last few years, driven largely by changing infrastructure and application architectures.
The industry as a whole, including enterprises, service providers and vendors, is grappling with difficult performance management issues. How do you monitor, analyze and optimize the behavior of highly distributed, virtualized, cloud-based systems built of ever smaller components such as containers and micro-services?
In this report, SDxCentral examines the trends that are re-shaping the APM and NPM markets and driving the need for integrated APM/NPM solutions.
2016 Next-gen Infrastructure Security Report, May 2016
The cloud model of delivering IT services and infrastructure, coupled with extensive connectivity to the Internet, has brought an unprecedented level of security challenges. This means the cybersecurity and security solutions landscape is in constant flux and that a wide range of next gen infrastructure security technology is needed.
Over the past year, we have seen threat actors, motivated by financial gain, competitive advantage, political aspirations, etc., continue to escalate the scale and sophistication of their attacks. They are exploiting old and new attack vectors created by all the people, services and Internet of things (IoT) that are now connected and communicating with one another. They are also taking advantage of the highly dynamic environments of today’s networks, which contain a mix of encrypted traffic (SSL/TLS), virtualized services and apps, and cloud platforms, to hide and propagate undetected.
On the flip side, we have seen progressively intelligent counter measures introduced to try to beat the attackers at their own game. Today’s security paradigm assumes attackers are in (or going to get into) the network (the defensible perimeter has long been dead). New approaches are taking the fight to them (in the wild, on the darknet, etc.) and making it harder to get anything of value, by trusting nothing, locking resources down, and obviating critical information.
2016 Mega NFV Report Pt. 2: VNFs, April 2016
The 2016 Mega NFV Report Pt. 2: VNFs gives you a full update into the trends and progress in the market for Virtual Network Functions (VNFs). Since our NFV report in 2015, the NFV market is progressing, with operator deployments beginning in earnest. Their primary goal is to create new revenue-generating services on an open, interoperable NFV platform.
For more background, see our 2016 Mega NFV Report Pt. 1: MANO and NFVI. This report contains some of that information as well as more details and specifics about VNFs.
The main goal of NFV is that it can deliver network functionality via software running on industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. The advantages are that it can provide networking needs of a service provider or enterprises’ application on standard server and storage infrastructures. New services do not require new hardware infrastructure – simply software installation.
2016 Mega NFV Report Part I: MANO and NFVI, March 2016
The 2016 Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) MANO and NFVI Report gives you a full update into the trends and progress of the NFV market. Since our report in 2015, the NFV market is progressing, with operator deployments beginning in earnest. Their primary goal is to create new revenue-generating services on an open, interoperable NFV platform.
The hallmark of NFV is that it can deliver network functionality via software running on industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware. The main advantages are that it can provide networking needs of a service provider or enterprises’ application on standard server and storage infrastructures. New services do not require new hardware infrastructure – simply software installation.
NFV decouples network services from the hardware that delivers them. As a result, functions, such as network address translation (NAT), firewalling, intrusion detection, domain name service (DNS), and even complete suites like EPC (Evolved Packet Core) services can be delivered in software and deployed on general purpose appliances. This gives organizations a lot more flexibility in the way they design, deploy and manage their network services.
Future of Converged Data Center, March 2016
The disaggregation of software and hardware is driving the emergence of new converged data center architectures built on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) or near-COTS hardware that converges the functions of traditional data centers into a single, converged infrastructure. This converged data center infrastructure pools compute, network and storage resources to simplify management and make it easier to scale up/down, move and share resources to better support fluctuating demands, optimize utilization and reduce overall costs.
In theory, a converged data center – or hyper converged data center — sounds great, but what does it really look like in practice? This report is designed to pull back the covers of the converged data center and describe its state today, with some assumptions and predictions of where it might go in the future
Inside the Linux Container Ecosystem, February 2016
Linux container technology: Everybody’s talking about it. Container has become one of those magic buzzwords that can conjure up billions of dollars in capital and create market-leading companies such as Docker, overnight.
But what are containers used for, exactly, and how do they apply to existing virtualization and networking markets? That is what we intend to define here in the first SDxCentral report on container infrastructure, which is sure to become an annual tradition. This includes the development of important niches of the container ecosystem, including container security, container networking, and Docker networking. Think of the container technology world as developing parallels to all of the existing tools in the networking market.
SDN & NFV Market Size and Forecast Report, May 2015
- Lifecycle Service Orchestration (LSO) Market Overview Report, January 2016
- Network Virtualization in the Data Center Report, November 2015
- Virtual Edge (vCPE / SD-WAN) Report, November 2015
- SDx OpenStack & Cloud Management Report, October 2015
- SDN Controllers Report, August 2015
- SDx Infrastructure Security Report, July 2015
- Network Functions Virtualization Report, April 2015
- 2014 Network Virtualization Report, November 2014
- 2013 Network Virtualization Report, October 2013
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