& cplSiteName &

SDN Will Reshape Ethernet Services Landscape

Light Reading
News Wire Feed
Light Reading
7/23/2013
50%
50%

NEW YORK -- The convergence of carrier Ethernet 2.0 and software-defined networking (SDN) technologies promises to reshape how most networks are built and operated and significantly impact the competitive services landscape, but it may be years before the impact is fully felt, according to a major new report from Heavy Reading (www.heavyreading.com), the research division of Light Reading (www.lightreading.com).

The Ethernet & SDN Executive Council State-of-the-Industry Survey Report, 2Q13 provides complete results of an in-depth survey conducted by Heavy Reading, polling members of our Ethernet & SDN Executive Council – a supergroup of more than 140 service and technology experts from nearly 75 service providers worldwide – to explore their views regarding the current direction and future prospects for the global carrier Ethernet market and its convergence with SDN principles and technologies. Participating in this survey were executives from nearly 50 service providers worldwide, whose companies employ 95+ Executive Council members.

"The vast majority of Council members participating in the survey agreed to at least some extent that competition in the Ethernet services market generally has expanded beyond a focus on service types and technical details to also include a greater emphasis on service performance and quality of experience," notes Stan Hubbard, Senior Analyst with Heavy Reading and author of the report. "Respondents pointed to end-to-end performance SLAs, rapid service turn-up and extensive on-network service coverage within metro markets as the most important service features affecting customer buying decisions."

While Council members appear largely in agreement that we will see the emergence of more dynamic service capabilities, a large portion of survey participants do not expect SDN to affect the services market any time soon, Hubbard explains. "Survey feedback illustrates that we are still very much in the early days of any potential industry-wide transition to SDN. Nearly two thirds of respondents said that their companies are learning about, planning or evaluating SDN strategies, while only 9 percent are currently using or starting to use SDN technologies."

Other key findings of Ethernet & SDN Executive Council State-of-the-Industry Survey Report, 2Q13 include:

  • Survey data suggests performance SLAs, rapid service turn-up and strong metro coverage are very likely to remain the top three service differentiators other than price through the end of 2014. Many operators also appear to consider MEF CE 2.0 services certification as an important way to help distinguish their offerings in the market.
  • We expect service providers to increasingly differentiate by emphasizing real-time performance visibility via Web service portals, 100G transport services, 100GE UNI services, dynamic bandwidth and network-based application awareness. Council members generally regard Web service portals with service performance statistics and 100G optical transport technology as the two most important technology innovations delivering the greatest value to their companies.
  • Only 13 percent of respondents believe SDN will begin to significantly impact the landscape for Ethernet, IP or wavelength services before the end of 2014. The vast majority of respondents do not expect more than 10 percent of their revenue to come from Ethernet, IP, cloud or wavelength services delivered over an SDN architecture in the next 18 months. 2015 appears to be regarded as an important transition year in terms of a revenue shift as well as the anticipated impact on the competitive landscape.

    The Ethernet & SDN Executive Council State-of-the-Industry Survey Report, 2Q13 costs $4,995 and is published in PDF format. The price includes an enterprise license covering all of the employees at the purchaser's company.

    Heavy Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Featured Video
    From The Founder
    John Chambers is still as passionate about business and innovation as he ever was at Cisco, finds Steve Saunders.
    Flash Poll
    Upcoming Live Events
    June 26, 2018, Nice, France
    September 12, 2018, Los Angeles, CA
    September 24-26, 2018, Westin Westminster, Denver
    October 9, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
    October 17, 2018, Chicago, Illinois
    October 23, 2018, Georgia World Congress Centre, Atlanta, GA
    November 7-8, 2018, London, United Kingdom
    November 8, 2018, The Montcalm by Marble Arch, London
    November 15, 2018, The Westin Times Square, New York
    December 4-6, 2018, Lisbon, Portugal
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Hot Topics
    NFV Is Down but Not Out
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 5/22/2018
    Trump Denies ZTE Deal, Faces Senate Backlash
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/22/2018
    What VeloCloud Cost VMware
    Phil Harvey, US News Editor, 5/21/2018
    5G in the USA: A Post-BCE Update
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 5/23/2018
    Vanquished in Video, Verizon Admits OTT Defeat
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 5/23/2018
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.

    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed