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How SD-WAN is Forcing Service Providers to Re-invent Themselves (…as NFV did with vendors)

Interesting similarities can be observed between SD-WAN and NFV. NFV aimed at ending the reign of monolithic solutions, with software and hardware decoupling, but also with the use of open APIs that facilitate the ability to pick, choose and replace vendors as necessary. The hope was that increased competition and commodity hardware would drive costs down. This is however not a particularly shiny prospect for vendors. If you think about it, SD-WAN is also about breaking monoliths: service provider offers. From this perspective, the managed service offer is split into discrete components: connectivity, hardware, WAN/LAN devices, VPN/security and operations. Enterprise customers can theoretically source each item independently and benefit from choice and competition. As a result, a large community of SD-WAN advocates aggressively target service providers, accusing them of offering less and
Guillaume Crenn, EKINOPS Product line & Marketing Director, recounts a recent technical breakthrough enabling legacy optical equipment to function in tomorrow’s virtualized networks. Interoperability remains one of the biggest challenges facing o
I know this question reads like comparing apples with oranges. In fact, I want to compare a uCPE managed with NETCONF versus a uCPE managed as an OpenStack compute node. First, it’s worth looking at why people think using OpenStack is a good idea. Op
It’s striking the number of service providers that have recently started promoting SD-WAN offers, especially given that there is little evidence amongst them of its commercial success. Popularity and perceived demand are high in the telecoms world, b
Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess (an EKINOPS brand), dissects a poignant phrase coined at this week’s SDN NFV World Congress. On day one of this year’s SDN NFV World Congress in The Hague, I was intrigued by a phrase used in the keynote: ‘fake virt
Explore the combination of technologies that enable remote provisioning and management of the uCPE and the VNFs this powerful new device supports. A Universal Customer Premises Equipment (uCPE) consists of both software and hardware components to cre
A new focus on simplicity and standardization holds the key, says Pravin Mirchandani, CMO, OneAccess. At the recent Zero-Touch and Carrier Automation Congress in Madrid, I was reminded of a quote from George Westerman of MIT: “When digital transforma
When looking at the virtualization landscape in its broader sense I can’t help seeing that the real problem is agility or rather lack of it. Take a look at SDN, whose main premise is to separate control from the data plane and thereby achieve high ag

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