- Chapter 1: Virtual Edge Market Drivers -- Enterprise SD-WAN Requirements
- Chapter 2: User Benefits of Virtual Edge Technologies
- Chapter 3: Virtual Edge Taxonomy and Architecture
- Chapter 4: The Emerging vCPE and SD-WAN Market
- Chapter 5: Virtual Edge Product Categories
- Chapter 6: SD-WAN Products
- Chapter 7: vCPE Products
Intro: Executive Summary and Key Findings
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.
Key Virtual Edge Trends
This report will explain how the virtual edge is being upgraded with SDN technology that is more flexible, intelligent and agile than the past model of specialized proprietary equipment, including branch-office routers and Network Interface Devices (NIDs).
How will all this edge hardware – and management — be replaced? In this report, we’ll take a look at the wide range of technology aiming to virtualize, automate, and provision WAN services using a cloud software model.
The findings of this report include:
- Survey results that indicate accelerating interest in both vCPE and SD-WAN technology
- Results of user feedback that shows service provider and enterprise users are looking at virtual edge technology such as vCPE to increase flexibility and network management
- An overview of architectural approaches to vCPE and SD-WAN include thin client to full Network as a Service (NAAS) are changing the SD-WAN model
- The top features that end users are looking for in SD-WAN services
- The SD-WAN services that operators are planning to provide
- Some examples of key use cases being deployed today
- Profiles of vCPE, SD-WAN, and VNF solutions in the market, including key features available today
Additional 2016 Virtual Edge Resources