SDN Zone Week in Review

By Paula Bernier April 19, 2014

Software-defined networking seems to have come a long way in a short time, but SDN’s impact on the network will be far and wide. One of the areas of special concern is how it will affect the billing and operational support systems on which the facilities-based service providers have invested over the years. (SDN will be among the key topics addressed at the upcoming event from Aug. 11-14 at The Rio – Las Vegas.)

"Billing must now address the new business models and agreements between CSPs, an ecosystem of partners and a growing number of B2B relationships across vertical industries,” says Karl Whitelock, director of OSS BSS strategy at Stratecast | Frost & Sullivan. “As service providers compete and partner with over-the-top players and look for new sources of revenue, they must deploy services faster, deliver differentiation to customers and compensate partners.”

As reported by NFVZone earlier this week, DigitalRoute and MetraTech have joined forces to help service providers more easily monetize their cloud, M2M, network functions virtualization, software-defined networking, and unified communications capabilities. The companies already deliver their solutions jointly for a North American tier-one customer, which is using their solutions in a virtualized cloud environment.

DigitalRoute sells mediation solutions based on its MediationZone platform, which bridges the components in any type of network architecture to let systems easily communicate with one another. MetraTech offers MetraNet brand commerce and settlement solutions, which allows service providers to expedite new service introduction.

In other SDN news this week, a new MarketScape Report from IDC indicates that Logicalis is well positioned to compete against larger rivals and technology vendors in the SDN arena. IDC highlighted Logicalis for its “integration of network virtualization within its future portfolio.”

“With an annual turnover of $1.35 billion and the smallest business in the report, Logicalis is positioned as a contender by IDC, thanks to its ‘dynamism, early commitment, and vision within the network virtualization market,’” the company explained in a statement regarding the IDC report’s findings.

"Logicalis will offer a credible alternative not only to technology-focused players such as VMware, Juniper, and Cisco, but will also differ from companies such as HP, IBM and Accenture,” IDC stated. “As such, it has its own niche within the competitive landscape. Its size and focus puts Logicalis in a good position to be a trusted technology and business advisor for network virtualization, especially to companies that feel technology vendors do not understand their business processes and that the larger systems integrators are too big to care."

Executive Editor, TMC

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