Communication service providers and their suppliers are embracing the promise and opportunities related to network virtualization approaches, such as software-defined networks (SDNs) and network functions virtualization (NFV). "Despite budget concerns and questions about the ability to execute on the network virtualization vision, CSPs, telecom vendors, and partners are all embracing potential opportunities," said
During the first half of 2014, a series of CSP and supplier announcements were made that provide concrete evidence of the maturity of CSP network virtualization. Because ongoing discussions emphasize the long-term visions for network functions virtualization, software-defined network, cloud, related IT technologies, and larger concepts of network virtualization, a clear picture of the status of CSP activities and potential activities can be challenging to discern. IDC's research in network virtualization will continue to examine and analyze progress towards network virtualization throughout the IT and communications ecosystem.
"Vendors will resort to network function virtualization and software-defined network architecture to catalyze use cases such as the voice over LTE (VoLTE) network evolution. However, with the talk of moving away from a 5-9s model in the name of service agility and flexibility, it remains to be seen whether and how NFV and SDN can ensure faster deployment while maintaining high standards of quality of experience (QoE)," said Sathya Atreyam, Research Manager, Wireless Network Infrastructure.
"Many existing CSP network elements, such as service provider routers, Ethernet switches, and packet optical switches, will transition over the next few years to become software-enabled and programmable with open, northbound interfaces," said
Two new IDC reports, The Network Virtualization Evolution in Telecom (IDC #248827) and Status of CSP Network Virtualization, 1H14 (IDC #249293), identify some of the fundamental changes and progress that telecom network virtualization is and will bring to technology architectures, organizational structures, vendor relationships, and services consumed by communications service providers. The Network Virtualization Evolution in Telecom sets the scene for a number of future reports on different aspects of network virtualization that IDC will publish in 2014 and 2015.
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