This IDC MarketScape provides an assessment of a number of vendors participating in the Western European network virtualization solutions market. It does not aim to make any statements about the state of network virtualization technologies — it focuses squarely on the professional services aspects. Although IDC sees the network virtualization solutions market as a nascent one, we anticipate huge growth opportunities and believe that it has the potential to disrupt the vendor landscape in the next couple of years.
"Network virtualization and SDN enable a new way of looking at networking. The potential impact of the technology necessitates additional and in-depth professional services because SDN enables communications infrastructure to become software-programmable and brings the principles of cloud computing to the network," said Lionel Lamy, associate vice president, EMEA Enterprise Systems and Network Life-Cycle Services, IDC.
"Network virtualization and SDN are not mature yet. SDN is new, so vendors are still working on standards and interoperability. Any immediate rush to SDN would involve a degree of risk, although leading-edge enterprises are keen to explore it. Ultimately, it is about vision, and here external parties such as the nine vendors profiled in this study can play a key role," said Chris Barnard, associate vice president, EMEA Telco and Networking, IDC.
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