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Software Defined Networking (SDN) Solutions, Market Opportunities and Forecast 2014 - 2019

Published

May 2014

Pages

142

Pricing

Single-user License: $ 2,995 USD
Company-wide License: $ 6,995 USD
Team License (Up to 5 Users): $ 3,995 USD

Keywords

SDN, Software Defined Networking, SDN Switching, SDN Controller, Northbound API, Southbound API, Software Controlled Networking, SDN Forecast, SDN Market Outlook

Overview

Software Defined Networking (SDN) is a technology and architectural approach that is continuing to form and mature. The development of SDN has largely spawned from the need to separate Control and Data planes as a means of optimizing networks via software control and reduced dependency on specific hardware configurations and vendors.

A major goal of SDN is to both simplify and consolidate network functions, replacing specialized hardware with commodity switches, servers, etc. It enables vertical integration with application control over the network through SDN APIs. SDN solutions currently depend on the use of the OpenFlow protocol, which structures communication between the Control and Data planes of supported network devices via Southbound APIs and related protocols and communications.

This research evaluates the business drivers for SDN, its relationship to virtualization, specific market opportunities, leading vendors and solutions, issues involved in implementing SDN, and the market outlook and forecast for SDN for switching, controllers, and the software operation market. The report includes analysis of important topics such as Northbound APIs and their role in development of software defined services by third parties. This report is a must read for anyone involved in architecture strategy, application development, network planning, operations, and anyone with a vested interest in the future of service delivery, virtualization, and cloud-based market opportunities.

Purchasers of this report at the Team License or greater level will receive at no additional cost the following complementary report:

Network Infrastructure Virtualization: Transforming Telecommunications and Managed Services

Target Audience:

  • Network operators
  • SDN solution providers
  • Cloud-based service providers
  • Virtualization solution providers
  • Network infrastructure providers
  • OSS/BSS and optimization companies
  • Application developers and API companies
  • Managed communications services companies

Companies in Report:

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • Amazon Web Services
  • Arista Networks
  • AT&T
  • Avaya
  • Big Switch Networks
  • Brocade
  • Cariden
  • Ciena
  • Cisco
  • ConteXtream
  • Contrail
  • Cyan
  • Dell
  • eBay
  • Ericsson
  • Google
  • Hitachi
  • Huawei
  • IBM
  • Intel
  • Juniper
  • Midokura
  • Nicira
  • Oracle
  • Pica8
  • Plexxi
  • Pluribus Networks
  • Rackspace
  • vCider
  • Verizon
  • VMware

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 7
1.1 Executive Summary 7
1.2 Topics Covered 8
1.3 Key Questions Answered 9
1.4 Target Audience 10
1.5 Companies in Report 10
2 Software-Defined Networks Technology 12
2.1 SDN Overview 12
2.2 SDN Benefits 13
2.3 SDN Models 13
2.4 SDN Tools and Techniques 15
2.4.1 OpenFlow 15
2.4.2 SDN Controller 17
2.4.3 Virtual Networking 18
2.4.4 Virtual Storage 19
2.4.5 Aggregation and Pooling Solutions 19
2.4.6 Data Center Consolidation and SDN 20
3 Network Virtualization 24
3.1 SDN versus Virtualization 25
3.2 Network and Server Virtualization 27
3.2.1 External Network Virtualization 29
3.2.2 Internal Network Virtualization 30
3.2.3 Hybrid Network Virtualization 30
3.2.4 Platform Virtualization 31
3.3 Network Function Virtualization 32
3.3.1 Infrastructure and Managed Services Consolidation 33
3.3.2 Network Virtualization Challenges 36
3.3.3 Evolved Packet Core (EPC) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) 39
3.4 Virtualization Architecture 49
3.4.1 Hosted Architecture 49
3.4.2 Bare-Metal Architecture 52
4 Software-Defined Everything 55
4.1 Software Defined Data Center 55
4.2 Software-Defined Storage 57
4.3 Software-Defined Telecom Networks 59
4.4 Software-Defined Machines: The Internet of Things 62
5 SDN Impact on Network Operators 64
5.1 SDN, Carriers, and Virtualization 64
5.2 The Business Drivers for Network Operators 65
5.3 Carrier SDN Challenges and Opportunities 68
5.4 SDN and Virtualized Carrier Architecture 71
5.5 Migration to SDN 79
5.5.1 APIs in Software Defined Networks 82
5.5.2 Southbound and Northbound APIs 84
6 Leading SDN Drivers and Opportunities 86
6.1 Application Policy 87
6.1.1 Cisco Application Policy Infrastructure Controller 89
6.1.2 Why Application Policy is Important 90
6.2 App Development and Northbound APIs 90
6.2.1 Application Use Cases 90
6.2.2 Open vs. Proprietary Northbound APIs 92
7 SDN Ecosystem and Value Chain 95
7.1 Ecosystem 95
7.1.1 Industry Groups 95
7.1.1.1 ETSI 95
7.1.1.2 OpenDaylight 96
7.1.1.3 Open Networking Foundation 97
7.1.2 Network Operators 97
7.1.3 SDN Vendors 98
7.2 Value Chain 99
7.2.1 Data Plane 100
7.2.2 Controller Solutions 100
7.2.3 Management 100
7.2.4 Fabric 100
8 SDN Vendors and Solutions 102
8.1 Vendors 102
8.1.1 Alcatel-Lucent (Nuage Networks) 102
8.1.2 Arista Networks 104
8.1.3 Avaya 104
8.1.4 Big Switch Networks 105
8.1.5 Brocade/Vyatta 106
8.1.6 Ciena 106
8.1.7 Cisco 107
8.1.8 ConteXtream 110
8.1.9 Cyan 110
8.1.10 Dell 111
8.1.11 Ericsson 112
8.1.12 Hitachi 113
8.1.13 Huawei 113
8.1.14 HP 115
8.1.15 IBM 116
8.1.16 Intel 117
8.1.17 Juniper 118
8.1.18 Oracle 119
8.1.19 Plexxi 120
8.1.20 Pluribus 120
8.1.21 VMware 120
8.2 Comparative Analysis 121
9 Implementing SDN 124
9.1 Implementation Considerations 124
9.1.1 Architecture Issues 125
9.1.2 API Management 125
9.1.3 SDN Security 126
10 SDN Market Forecasts 2014-2019 128
10.1 Market Outlook 128
10.2 Global SDN Market Analysis 131
10.3 Global Market 2014 - 2019 133
10.4 SDN Market by Segment 134
10.4.1 SDN Switching 135
10.4.2 SDN Controllers 137
10.4.3 SDN Software Operation Market 139
10.4.4 Cloud Service Provider Segments 140

List of Figures

Figure 1: Virtual vs. Physical Network 18
Figure 2: Virtual Storage 21
Figure 3: Data Centers and Cloud Switching Fabric 23
Figure 4: Relationship between NFV and SDN 26
Figure 5: Network and Server Virtualization 29
Figure 6: Hosted Virtual Structure 52
Figure 7: Bare Metal Virtualization Structure 54
Figure 8: NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 – 2019 ($ Million) 61
Figure 9: CloudNFV Open Framework 62
Figure 10: The Future of IoT and SDN APIs 64
Figure 11: LTE E-UTRAN Infrastructure Network Elements 74
Figure 12: Network Virtualization Archtiture 77
Figure 13: NFV and SDN 80
Figure 14: SDN APIs 84
Figure 15: NB and SB SDN APIs 85
Figure 16: SDN Drivers and Opportunities 87
Figure 17: Orchestration and Policy Coordination 89
Figure 18: Northbound API Functions 95
Figure 19: SDN Ecosystem 99
Figure 20: Cisco SDN Solution Arch 110
Figure 21: SDN Global Revenue 2014 - 2019 134
Figure 22: SDN Global Market 2014 - 2019 135
Figure 23: SDN Switching Revenue 2014 - 2019 136
Figure 24: SDN Switching Market 2014 - 2019 137
Figure 25: SDN Controllers Revenue 2014 - 2019 138
Figure 26: SDN Controllers Market 2014 - 2019 139
Figure 27: SDN Software Operation Revenue 2014 - 2019 140
Figure 28: SDN Software Operation Market 2014 - 2019 140
Figure 29: SDN Cloud Service Revenue 2014 - 2019 141
Figure 30: Cloud Service Providers Market 2014 - 2019 142