New Documentary, Survey Consider NFV, SDN

By Paula Bernier April 06, 2016

A new article that is circulating online talks about what software-defined networking brings to the table for network operators, and presents the results of a recent Research survey on SDN.

As this article explains, SDN provides network operators with greater control and agility by defining network behavior and responses leveraging software and policies that can allow, for example, traffic to be sent to lesser-used resources on the network.

However, for all the articles and white papers that have been written about SDN, and all the announcements and events that have been staged around this new technology, at least half of the survey’s respondents were not familiar with the topic.

The report also makes some suggestions relating to SDN. That includes the warning that organizations should not attempt to implement SDN with a trained staff, a suggestion that organizations should deploy SDN on an incremental basis, and an opinion that those who implement SDN will be in a better position than their competitors.

This survey is just one of many reports that organizations have issued recently on the topic of SDN. As I reportedly earlier this week, Mind Commerce is another entity that recently published an SDN report. That report talks about the state of SDN implementation, opines on when SDN will become mainstream (in 2019-2020), discusses the benefits and challenges of SDN, looks at what Mind Commerce suggests are the key players in the SDN realm, and discusses NFV and its relationship to SDN.

Speaking of network functions virtualization, the Telecommunications Industry Association this week premiered a documentary called The Virtualization Revolution: NFV Unleashed. The industry group’s CEO Scott Belcher commented: “The virtualization of the network is revolutionizing the ICT industry as it enables businesses to keep up with unprecedented demand, maintain competitive edge, and innovate quickly. TIA is excited to debut its latest documentary on NFV, which shows that the network transition should include software to help companies deal with increased scale at low cost.”

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

Executive Editor, TMC

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