SDN, NFV to Gain Ground

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015 will see fun­da­men­tal changes in the way en­ter­prises vi­su­al­ize and im­ple­ment net­work­ing tech­nolo­gies. The main trends:

Open­ness helps SDN and NFV take big leaps for­ward:

We ex­pect SDN and NFV to gain a foothold 2015 on­wards as there is more and more re­al­iza­tion from the in­dus­try about the ben­e­fits of open and open source tech­nolo­gies. Data cen­ters are turn­ing into soft­ware-de­fined, see­ing a high rate of vir­tu­al­iza­tion and ap­pli­ca­tions at the de­vice level; as a re­sult, the net­work of the fu­ture will be mul­ti­ser­vice, mul­ti­tenant, hard­ware-ac­cel­er­ated, and soft­ware-con­trolled. The in­dus­try re­al­izes that cus­tomers choos­ing the so­lu­tions that suit their spe­cific needs can only achieve it if they are suc­cess­fully able to align the en­ter­prise’s in­fra­struc­ture strat­egy with that of the business, and as a re­sult see the im­por­tance of the grow­ing mo­men­tum of open and in­ter­op­er­a­ble stan­dards.

The vir­tual workspace will be­come a ne­ces­sity:

IDC has pre­dicted that by 2015, 838.7 mil­lion peo­ple in APAC will work re­motely us­ing mo­bile tech­nol­ogy, the largest in­crease com­pared to other re­gions. Vir­tu­al­ized workspaces of­fer em­ploy­ees to have the same work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence re­gard­less of their lo­ca­tion or de­vice, giv­ing users greater free­dom and, in turn, in­creas­ing pro­duc­tiv­ity for the business. How­ever, this added flex­i­bil­ity for users will in­evitably put greater strain on core in­fras­truc­tures and or­ga­ni­za­tions will need to proac­tively de­velop the right net­works in their in­fra­struc­ture to free their em­ploy­ees.

In­creas­ing pres­sure on CIOs to in-

The “I” in CIO is in­creas­ingly grav­i­tat­ing more to­wards in­no­va­tion than just in­for­ma­tion, with the role quickly evolv­ing from man­ag­ing ICT in­fra­struc­ture to cre­at­ing com­pet­i­tive business ad­van­tage and driv­ing ser­vice agility for the or­ga­ni­za­tion by lever­ag­ing IT. CIOs will need to con­tinue to be ag­ile to keep pace with tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment, and in­no­va­tive enough to lever­age new tech­nolo­gies, pri­or­i­tiz­ing the need to drive business trans­for­ma­tion. And for this to truly hap­pen, they must adopt the newer tech­nolo­gies in net­work­ing and make their en­ter­prise fu­ture-ready.


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