Cybersecurity: The Next Hurdle for SDN & NFV to OvercomeThe New IP
Here on The New IP, there is no need to declare "SDN and NFV enabled services will revolutionize the telco industry" or predict "SDN and NFV technologies are the future of networking." Even though we still see such headlines, as industry insiders and experts we all know this was established more than two years ago.
The state of the market today is such that most Tier 1 and Tier 2 telcos in competitive markets have already formulated their SDN and NFV strategies. Many are in advanced stages of conducting some form of proof of concept (PoC) testing and have already deployed NFV on their core network. What we hear from the optimistic telcos is they expect to begin rolling out new virtualized IT services to their enterprise customers by the end of the year. The more cautious said they will need until sometime in 2017 to be ready to launch new services based on SDN and NFV technologies for uCPE and mobile edge computing. As a side note, what is interesting is that telcos in highly competitive markets are under more urgent pressure to begin generating revenue streams from new virtualized services, while telcos in less competitive markets are content to move forward at a slower pace.