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Software-Defined Networking — Trends and Opportunities for GCC Telecommunications Operators

Software-Defined Networking — Trends and Opportunities for GCC Telecommunications Operators

This IDC Insight analyzes the current trends and opportunities for SDN available to CSPs.

SDN promises to address business and technical operations; however, most claims about it are either unjustified or unclear. Consequently, it is important to start with SDN's foundation structure and identify its building blocks before highlighting its potential opportunities for service providers. It is also important to examine how SDN will play a role in the evolution of the network. The potential of SDN, as well as its effect on the telecommunications and wider ICT sector, is significant. In this Insight, IDC aims to examine whether SDN is a viable avenue for telecom operators in the GCC region.

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IDC Opinion
In This Insight
Situation Overview
Current Network Challenges
Comparison of NFV and SDN
SDN Definition
NFV Minimizes the Dependence on Fragmented Network Functions
Major Benefits of SDN
SDN in the Enterprise Datacenter
Benefits for Operators
Opportunity to Transform
SDN and GCC Telecom Operators
Future Outlook
Figure: Traditional Network vs. SDN Network
Figure: Traditional Network Model vs. Virtualized Network Model

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