Check out our latest SDx Analyst & Research report: 2017 Network Virtualization Report. Download PDF.
Check out our latest SDx Analyst & Research report: 2017 Network Virtualization Report. Download PDF.
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2017 Network Virtualization Report: SDN Controllers, Cloud Networking and More, August 2017
Last year, SDxCentral combined our software-defined networking (SDN) Controller and Network Virtualization (NV) reports. We felt that the two technologies were complementary and had projected that these markets would converge over time. The maturation of the market over the last year has borne out our predictions: network virtualization has become the technology problem to be solved and SDN controllers are the primarily component of the NV platform.
Over the course of the last 12 months, network virtualization continued to make inroads across all areas of the enterprise, from data center to campus to the WAN, with campus uptake still somewhat lagging. In particular, SD-WAN (software-defined wide area network) has ignited a huge wave of interest and has become one of the hottest topics on SDxCentral. We will provide more details around SD-WAN in our 2017 edition of our massively popular SD-WAN and Virtual Edge report later this year.
Within communications service providers (CSP), SDN controllers feature in NFV and telco cloud platforms, providing primarily network virtualization for NFV deployments (including service function chaining) and private clouds, but also provide CSPs with agile control of wide-area fabrics.
2017 Container and Cloud Orchestration Report, June 2017
Virtualization and cloud computing technologies have been with us the last 10+ years. It has, however, only been recently that cloud computing has captured significant market and mind share. And today, enterprises and service providers alike are scrambling to understand how to best leverage cloud technologies.
There continues to be a need for managing clouds, both privately in enterprise data centers but also across public clouds. Cloud Management Platforms like OpenStack and VMware vCloud suite continue their expansion, improving feature set capabilities, adding support for containers and providing better scaling, visibility and troubleshooting.
At the same time, Cloud Orchestration Platforms continue to develop to enable cross-cloud and cross-stack management, adding more maturity to their capabilities such as more sophisticated templates, policy-based scaling and advanced logic for workload placement. And with all these different clouds with different management APIs, standardization and interoperability becomes more important. Organizations such as the DMTF and Open Grid Forum have started efforts to crafting standards that allow cross-cloud integration and management API standardization but these are early days yet.
2017 NFV Report Series Part 3: Powering NFV – Virtual Network Functions (VNFs), May 2017
Communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide continue to invest in virtualization of their network infrastructure, laying the groundwork for 5G and IoT services. And to realize the dream of decoupling network services from proprietary hardware, and deploying networking components supported by a fully virtualized infrastructure, CSPs have been pushing vendors to disaggregate specialized networking equipment in favor of open architectures.
Across our three-part NFV report series, we’ve covered how vendors and CSPs alike have made significant investment across the board, ranging from industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, to hypervisors and Virtualized Infrastructure Managers (VIMs), to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and the management and orchestration (MANO) necessary to deploy these functions.
This final report in the NFV Report series covers the latest in NFV VNFs (virtual network functions), the workhorse of NFV. These are the actual network functions that provide the desired network services. VNFs benefit from the underlying NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) that host these services and provide the appropriate virtualization capabilities as well as NFV MANO that orchestrates and manages the VNFs and the NFV Infrastructure to roll out NFV services.
2017 NFV Report Series Part 2: Orchestrating NFV – MANO and Service Assurance, April 2017
To realize the dream of decoupling network services from proprietary hardware, deploying networking components supported by a fully virtualized infrastructure, vendors and communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide have invested significantly in the components that make up NFV. As we describe in more detail across our three-part NFV report series, significant investment has been made across the board from the industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, to hypervisors and the Virtualized Infastructure Managers (VIMs), to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and the management and orchestration (MANO) necessary to deploy these functions.
This report covers the latest in NFV MANO, the critical portion of the NFV platform that orchestrates and manages the VNFs and the NFVI to roll out NFV services. NFV MANO continues to evolve rapidly and in the last year, we’ve seen an explosion of open-source efforts in this space, including Open-O, OSM, OpenLSO, OpenBaton, Tacker and AT&T contributing their ECOMP solution into open-source. And most recently, we had the major announcement of Open-O and ECOMP (OpenECOMP) coming together and merging under the auspices of the ONAP project.
2017 NFV Report Series Part 1: Foundations of NFV: NFV Infrastructure and VIM, April 2017
Since some of the world’s leading service providers came together under the auspices of ETSI and launched the ETSI ISG for NFV in early 2013, the vendor and telco community has been working to develop the requirements and architecture for virtualized network functions, as well as design and ship early products that conform to the NFV framework.
To realize the dream of decoupling network services from proprietary hardware, thereby deploying networking components that could support a fully virtualized infrastructure, vendors and communication service providers (CSPs) worldwide have invested design and development into all the components that make up NFV. As we describe in more detail across our 3 report series, significant investment has been made across the board from the industry-standard commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) hardware, to hypervisors and the Virtualized Infastructure Managers (VIMs), to Virtual Network Functions (VNFs) and the management and orchestration (MANO) necessary to deploy these functions.
This report covers the latest in NFVI and VIM development, the key foundations of any NFV deployment. NFVI continues to develop at a good clip, with diversity in platform across standard servers and blade servers to converged and hyperconverged architectures. Edge platforms are also developing quickly to meet the needs for edge and customer-premises computing, with varieties of vCPE deployment architectures.
2017 5G Special Report, March 2017
The fifth generation of mobile networks, more commonly known as 5G, has been far more di cult to de ne than have previous generations. Such 2G systems as GSM and CDMA were primarily about mobile voice services, while 3G rst introduced the world to mobile data. Long Term Evolution (LTE) or 4G then really opened the oodgates by enabling “true” mobile broadband services, which are now bene ting from advanced technologies, such as carrier aggregation, to boost speeds and capacity.
5G is the term used to describe the next generation of mobile networks beyond the 4G LTE networks of today. 5G is also regarded as more than just a shift to a new generation of mobile networks. Indeed, as Andy Sutton, principal network architect at UK-based mobile operator EE, once said: “If we get 5G right, there won’t be a 6G.” That’s because 5G is not only expected to bring faster mobile broadband services. It is also set to underpin new use cases and business models for consumers, businesses, and industry – not to mention the Internet of Things (IoT).
2017 5G eBook: Moving from Vision to Reality, March 2017
If you’ve been closely monitoring 5G you have probably watched it morph from the idea of a faster network with very low latency to an all-encompassing network that incorporates both fixed and mobile wireless, uses multiple spectrum bands (unlicensed and licensed), and can deliver mission-critical apps in real-time by prioritizing that data over less critical apps.
At the heart of 5G, however, is the virtualization of the network. Without software-defined networking (SDN) and network function virtualization (NFV) many of the scenarios used to describe 5G will not be possible.
In this early stage of 5G, it appears that the U S and Korea will be first in the deployment of 5G. Although the 5G standard is not expected to be complete until June 2018, Korea Telecom and Verizon are pushing ahead with pre-standard deployments. KT plans to have its network ready for the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and Verizon has said it could have its 5G fixed deployment commercially available by late 2018. AT&T, meanwhile, has countered saying that it could have its standardized 5G mobile service ready by late 2018.
This ebook takes a look at many different aspects of 5G, from the deployment timeline to the role it will play in the Internet of Things (IoT).
2017 SDxCentral IoT Infrastructure Report, March 2017
Internet of Things (IoT) is past the hype stage. The Vodafone IoT Barometer (2016), paints a picture of IoT enthusiasm. The report, based on a wide-ranging survey of businesses of all sizes, found that more than three-quarters of respondents thought IoT would be “critical” to their future success. Over 60% said they would have live projects within the next year.
And according to another recent global study of businesses from Aruba (2), a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, 85% of businesses plan to implement IoT by 2019. The prospect of greater e ciencies and pro tability, plus stealing a march on competitors, are key drivers for IoT infrastructure.
As this report highlights, however, gaining maximum value from IoT will not be plain sailing. The possibility of sensitive IoT-generated data falling into the wrong hands will be a headache for many IT managers, while guring out how to maximize value from the data collected poses another awkward challenge.
The fragmented nature of the market is also a worry. According to some estimates, there are over 400 IoT platforms and 100 standards swishing around in the marketplace. Choice on this scale indicates a market still to shake out the wheat from the chaff.
Communication service providers (CSPs) also have their work cut out in staking a strong claim in the IoT space. The likes of Amazon Web Services (AWS), General Electric (GE), Google, IBM and Microsoft will be formidable competitors.
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.
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.
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
- 2016 Cloud Automation and DevOps Report, November 2017
- 2016 Mega NFV Report Pt. 2: VNFs, April 2016
- 2016 Mega NFV Report Part I: MANO and NFVI, March 2016
- 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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