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Japan SDN and NFV Trends in Japan Networks Market 2016

Japan SDN and NFV Trends in Japan Networks Market 2016

This IDC study analyzes the current trends on and future outlook of the software-defined network (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) markets for datacenters, enterprise networks, and carriers' networks; as well as the trends for solution vendors, integrators, and carriers. The excessive expectations on the versatility of SDN have waned, and the Japan SDN and NFV markets have now entered the practical-implementation phase. Although there are differences according to the applicable scope, SDN and NFV markets for all scopes are progressing in a definite direction. If the objectives of virtual environment implementation are clear for datacenter SDN, both vendors and users could determine whether to implement some or all technical elements that constitute datacenter SDN. Virtual implementation is an inevitable trend for carriers' network. However, the appropriate timing and level of implementation of NFV and SDN technologies in carriers' network have become the focus of debate rather than whether to implement such technologies.Enterprise network SDN is a type of enterprise network that corresponds to the development of the 3rd Platform. It should be considered as one of the methods of "next-generation enterprise network operation and management." "Therefore, enterprise network SDN vendors should redefine their value propositions in a more widely captured market. Vendors should consider how to demonstrate the advantage of their solutions within the framework of 'widely-defined enterprise network SDN' and 'providing and controlling customer premises equipment (CPE) functions from the network side,'" declares Kenichi Kusano, group manager, Communications, IDC Japan. This is a translation of the Japan document IDC #JPJ40592616 and is summarized to reduce the gap in time since the original version was published.All of the following sections are, however, fully translated:IDC OpinionMethodologyExecutive SummaryEssential GuidanceSynopsis

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