As 2020 approaches, network providers continue to wrestle with industry transformation and competitive disruption.
- On the surface, enterprise NFV services seem a commercial disappointment. But conversations with IT executives reveal virtual network functions (VNFs) play important, high-value roles.
- SD-WAN standardization does not make platforms compatible. But the common language and framework will help providers add and support a wider range of vendor SD-WAN platforms more easily.
- The advent of 5G millimeter wave has potential to take the roof off capacity, on par with the current generation of wireline broadband services. The industry can watch first mmWave attempts in the US to evaluate commercial success.
Features and Benefits
- Identify key trends that Ovum highlights as important in enterprise network services leading for 2020.
- Learn where Ovum believes providers will close gaps and improve commercial NFV available offers and features.
- Assesses the potential for SD-WAN to interact with LAN-side IT platforms to influence their applications policies.
Key questions answered
- What are the key drivers in enterprise services leading into 2020?
- What is the state of NFV services and the significance of the slow uptake of CPE-based enterprise NFV?
- What is the significance of SD-WAN standardization in the industry, and what might be next steps for SD-WAN?
- What is the state of 5G millimeter wave services, and does this access service have potential to become a primary networking option?
- What is the state of MPLS going forward, and how does internet displacement of MPLS appear to be playing out?
Table of contents
Recommendations for enterprises
Recommendations for service providers and vendors
NFV produces real value despite industry frustrations over slow rollout
Success as an anywhere tool, not yet as an everywhere staple
NFV environments are closing shortfalls, opening new options
SD-WAN standardization has few direct enterprise effects but enables a tectonic market shift
Indirect benefits of standardization
Software and cloud services may begin linking to SD-WAN controllers
5G is ready to take its place among business broadband technologies
Stars are aligned to mainstream US microwave access
Millimeter wave still presents challenges
MPLS slippage as business internet steps up
Cloud has encouraged more tolerant applications