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.