Software Defined Everything - Thematic Research

Software Defined Everything - Thematic Research

Summary

Advances in broadband network technology, the emergence of cloud computing, and dramatic year-on-year improvements in price-to-performance ratios for commodity hardware have combined to ensure that technology functionality, previously only achievable using specialist hardware, can be delivered using a combination of general-purpose computing hardware and software. In this software defined data center (SDDC), the underlying hardware becomes less relevant, and the focus shifts to a virtualized software layer. As data pervades all aspects of our lives, we are moving into an era that can only be described as software defined everything (SDE), where the value within data networks shifts decisively from hardware to software.

Key Highlights

  • Data is useless unless it can be interpreted. That is the job of a server. To manage hyperscale data, racks of servers need to be as tightly bound with a data center’s storage resource as possible. Until a decade ago, the prevailing image of a data center was that of a mainframe computer (the server) backed up by a hard disk drive (the storage). Over the last 10 years, led largely by Google, Amazon, and Facebook, data center architecture has changed radically and quickly.
  • The costly black box approach of traditional data center equipment manufacturers - like Cisco, HPE, IBM, and Dell - has been systematically undermined by commoditized white boxes designed by the internet service giants themselves and controlled by a software layer.
Scope
  • This report provides an overview of the software defined everything theme.
  • It identifies the key trends impacting growth of the theme over the next 12 to 24 months, split into three categories: technology trends, macroeconomic trends, and regulatory trends.
  • It includes a comprehensive industry analysis, including up-to-date forecasts for the SDN controller platform and software defined storage platforms markets to 2024.
  • The detailed value chain comprises an infrastructure layer, made up of the software defined equipment providers, and an application layer, comprised of the different users of SDDC technology.
Reasons to Buy
  • SDE technology helps enterprises drive aggressive cost savings and improve the efficiency and flexibility of their networks and data centers.
  • This is reflected in the growing number of companies embracing the technology. This report tells you all you need to know about SDE, including identifying the biggest beneficiaries from its adoption.


  • Executive summary
    • Data center technology is changing
    • We are moving to the era of software defined everything
    • Most of the benefits are flowing to cloud service providers
    • Inside
    • Related reports
    • Report type
  • Players
    • Table Figure 1: Who are the players in the software defined everything theme and where do they sit in the value chain?
  • Technology briefing
    • It started with circuit-switching
    • Then came packet-switching
    • Then came IP networking
    • The future is software defined
    • Software defined networks change everything
      • Table Figure 2: The shift from traditional networks to software defined networks
    • Traditional data center architecture failed to keep up with the data revolution
    • SDE overcomes problems in a traditional data center
      • Table Figure 3: The shift from traditional infrastructure to software defined data centers
  • Trends
    • Technology trends
      • Table Technology trends
    • Macroeconomic trends
      • Table Macroeconomic trends
    • Regulatory trends
      • Table Regulatory trends
  • Industry analysis
    • Cloud providers and hyperscalers are the pioneers of the SDE world
    • Infrastructure incumbents face game-changing disruption from SDE technology
    • Market size and growth forecasts
      • Table Figure 4: By 2024, SDN controller platform market revenues will have reached nearly $7.6bn
      • Table Figure 5: By 2024, software defined storage platforms revenues will have reached nearly $19bn
    • Mergers and acquisitions
      • Table Mergers and acquisitions
    • Timeline
      • Table Figure 6: The SDE story
  • Value chain
    • Table Figure 7: Our SDE value chain comprises an infrastructure layer and an application layer
    • Software defined data centers
      • Software defined servers
        • Table Figure 8: The software defined everything value chain: Software defined servers
      • Components
      • Server hardware
      • Virtualization software
      • Software defined storage
        • Table Figure 9: The software defined everything value chain: Software defined storage
      • Components
      • Storage devices
      • Storage controller software
      • Software defined networks
        • Table Figure 10: The software defined everything value chain: Software defined networks
      • Components
      • Networking hardware
      • SDN controller software
    • Beneficiaries of software defined data center technology
      • Cloud IaaS providers
        • Table Figure 11: The users of SDDC technology: IaaS cloud providers
      • Hyperscalers
        • Table Figure 12: The users of SDDC technology: Hyperscalers
      • Data center operators
        • Table Figure 13: The users of SDDC technology: Data center operators
      • Telecom service providers
        • Table Figure 14: The users of SDDC technology: Telecom service providers
  • Companies
    • Table Companies
  • Sector scorecards
    • IT infrastructure sector scorecard
      • Who's who
        • Table Figure 15: Who does what in the IT infrastructure space?
    • Thematic screen
      • Table Figure 16: Thematic - IT infrastructure sector scorecard
    • Valuation screen
      • Table Figure 17: . Valuation screen - IT infrastructure sector scorecard
    • Risk screen
      • Table Figure 18: Risk screen - IT infrastructure sector scorecard
    • Telecom infrastructure sector scorecard
      • Who's who
        • Table Figure 19: Who does what in the telecom infrastructure space?
      • Thematic screen
        • Table Figure 20: Thematic screen - Telecom infrastructure sector scorecard
      • Valuation screen
        • Table Figure 21: . Valuation screen - Telecom infrastructure sector scorecard
      • Risk screen
        • Table Figure 22: Risk screen - Telecom infrastructure sector scorecard
    • Telecom services sector scorecard
      • Who's who
        • Table Figure 23: Who does what in the telecom services space?
      • Thematic screen
        • Table Figure 24: . Thematic screen
      • Valuation screen
        • Table Figure 25: . Valuation screen
      • Risk screen
        • Table Figure 26: Risk screen
  • Glossary
    • Table Glossary
  • Our thematic research methodology
    • Viewing the world's data by themes makes it easier to make important decisions
    • Traditional research does a poor job of picking winners and losers
    • That is why we developed our "thematic engine"
    • How do we create our sector scorecards?
      • Table Figure 27: Our five-step approach for generating a sector scorecard
    • What is in our sector scorecards?
    • How do we score companies in our thematic screen?

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