Vendors including Cisco, Juniper, and Arista all recently introduced merchant silicon chips into the mix.
The report, which was sourced by ZTE, does admit that its findings aren’t likely to change the minds of many operators.
By the end of this year, 74 percent of the service providers said they will use SDN to deliver new services, while 65 percent will use it in operations and management operations.
This new research increases predictions made by IHS in May as the cloud services market has seen steady growth in existing regions and big growth in developing regions.
Lower latency, high capacity, and lower cost per bit are the three big draws for operators to deploy 5G.
Respondents to IHS Markit’s survey indicated they expect a 1.5x increase in the average number of physical servers in their data centers by 2019.
In 2017 Amazon led the IaaS market with 41 percent of revenue, while Microsoft topped the list for PaaS with 26 percent of revenue, according to IHS Markit.
Bare metal switch revenue was up 60 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2017. And it’s projected to reach $3.6 billion in 2022, with cloud deployments as the primary driver.
White box server revenue is steadily taking revenue from the name brands.
Enterprises continue to be the biggest server buyers — for now.
The hype cycle for SD-WAN vendors has moved fast.
50 percent of central offices will have CORD by 2023.
DCI is set to be significant driver of the optical networking space.