Last month, Gartner, Inc. published two very interesting reports. The first report was based on research presented at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2014, in Orlando, where they identified the Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2015. Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure was one of these trends.
According to the report, Gartner believes that, “Agile programming of everything from applications to basic infrastructure is essential to enable organizations to deliver the flexibility required to make the digital business work. Software-defined networking, storage, data centers and security are maturing.”
“Cloud services are software-configurable through API calls, and applications, too, increasingly have rich APIs to access their function and content programmatically. To deal with the rapidly changing demands of digital business and scale systems up — or down — rapidly, computing has to move away from static to dynamic models. Rules, models and code that can dynamically assemble and configure all of the elements needed from the network through the application are needed,” said David Cearley, VP & Gartner Fellow.
“Shortly after this conference, Telco Systems announced the release of its first two TelcoApps, vFirewall and vRouter, enabling service providers to achieve the significant benefits of distributed network functions virtualization (NFV) throughout their telecom networks,” said Moshe Shimon, VP of Product Management and Marketing. “Software-Defined Applications and Infrastructure are a key part of our strategic vision, and we believe that what Gartner identifies as a trend for 2015, will become a very robust market for Telco Systems in the coming years.”
An additional Gartner Inc. report, published just last week focused on Real-World SDN, and it focuses on how and what mainstream enterprise are doing with respect to SDN. This report details the three key benefits of SDN that Telco Systems’ customers gain: increased agility, cost savings and improved security.
According to Gartner, the three main challenges facing broad deployment of SDN technology are:
- The biggest challenge to date has been organizational/cultural, not technology (handoff to operations has been particularly difficult).
- Not a lot of mainstream folks are doing SDN yet. In fact, Gartner estimate there are only between 500 and 1,000 mainstream deployments of SDN globally.
- Roughly half of today’s SDN deployments are from vendors that are not in the top five in switching revenue, including NEC and VMware.