The third annual network function virtualization (NFV) survey gives us a snapshot of how the market is developing and how virtualized architecture implementations and service delivery models are maturing. The SDxCentral Research team ran the survey on the SDxCentral site during the month of March 20181. In general, the responses of technology vendors were broken out from end-user customers. In addition, 2018 results were compared to 2017 and 2016 stats to try to identify trends or significant changes in perception or experiences that have occurred through the years.
63% of end-user respondents indicated NFV was changing the way they architect their networks, making it “very relevant to enterprises.” Another 26% felt it was “relevant,” but not that different from their “data center virtualization” initiatives. Only 5% thought NFV was “only relevant to service providers, not enterprises.” This demonstrates that NFV which originally started as a pure CSP initiative, does have supporters and visibility within the enterprise community.
Of those who believe NFV is relevant to enterprises, 23% noted they have already deployed NFV solutions, which is up from 15% of respondents last year. 41% claimed their organization had “not yet deployed [NFV], but was currently testing or qualifying solutions.” Again, this is up from last year, when 35% said they were “testing and piloting NFV solutions.”
Responses from service providers and technology vendors, based on what they have observed with customers, echo the uptick in adoption. 30% said customers were “experienced users that had deployed NFV solutions for over a year,” 20% said customers had more recently deployed NFV “within the past year,” and 36% said customers had “not yet deployed, but were currently testing and qualifying solutions.”