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Virtualization: Impact on Enterprise Networks and Cloud Infrastructure

LONDON, April 8, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Reportbuyer.com has added a new market research report:

Virtualization: Impact on Enterprise Networks and Cloud Infrastructure


Overview:

Virtualization represents a game-changer in IT infrastructure planning, operations, and management as major components (servers, desktops, storage and even entire data centers) are virtualized. The recent trend is for virtualization of key network components (routers, switches, dedicated servers, etc.), which is referred to in the industry as Network Function Virtualization (NFV).

NFV completely changes the way network architecture is viewed as fixed network elements, consisting of hardware components that are diverse in their make and configuration, is no more the design that is the norm. NFV allows an operator to optimize its infrastructure and increase service agility, representing a solution to problems that have plagued them for quite some time. NFV allows quicker time-to-market for new services because virtualized functions allow operators to introduce new services much faster and at much lower cost.

NFV represents a technical approach and solution set that helps enterprise companies optimize their operation in the face of rising hardware costs, manpower costs and stringent IT budgets. This report provides comprehensive analysis of NFV and its relationship and importance to enterprise IT management, network equipment, and communications.

This report includes a working model Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) to determine the business case for an organization to move to NFV. Unlike a static business case, a TCO model takes into consideration, feature/functionality deployment with respect to both time and geography dimensions.

Target Audience:

Cloud service providers
Enterprise companies of all types
Telecom and enterprise API providers
Communications infrastructure providers
Enterprise networking equipment providers
1. NETWORK FUNCTION VIRTUALIZATION 9
1.1 WHY NFV IS INEVITABLE AND IMPACTFUL 10
1.2 HOW NFV WORKS 12
1.3 OVERALL BENEFITS OF NFV 13
1.1.1 LEGACY HARDWARE OPTIMIZATION BENEFITS 13
1.1.2 REDUCED SPENDING ON HARDWARE PURCHASE 13
1.1.3 ENERGY CONSUMPTION OPTIMIZATION 14
1.1.4 NETWORK OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY 14
1.1.5 CUSTOMER SATISFACTION AND USER EXPERIENCE BENEFITS 15
1.4 THE IMPACT ON THE OPERATOR AND SERVICE PROVIDER ENVIRONMENT 15
1.5 IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ENTERPRISE 16
2. NFV & THE ENTERPRISE 17
2.1 ENTERPRISE LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS 17
2.2 OVERALL BENEFITS FOR ENTERPRISES 18
2.2.1 AGILITY 18
2.2.2 OPTIMAL SERVICE CONSUMPTION 18
2.2.3. NETWORK SECURITY 19
2.2.4. BUSINESS CONTINUITY 19
2.2.5. TARGETED SERVICE CUSTOMIZABILITY 19
2.3 CASE STUDIES 20
3.3.1 CASE 1 - REVOLUTIONIZING ENTERPRISE CONTENT DELIVERY 20
3.3.2 CASE 2 - HIGH DEFINITION VIDEO DELIVERY 21
2.4 CHALLENGES FOR NFV ADOPTION IN ENTERPRISE 22
3.4.1 COMMON MANAGEMENT FRAMEWORK CHALLENGE: 22
3.4.2 THE 'IT GUY' CHALLENGE 22
3.4.3 DETERMINING THE BUSINESS CASE 23
3.4.4 PLANNING THE MIGRATION 23
3.4.5 OUTSOURCE VS. IN-HOUSE CHALLENGES 24
MARKET FORECASTING 25
FUTURE TRENDS IN NFV 26
3.5 A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CLOUDNFV ARCHITECTURE 27
3.6 WHAT THIS MEAN FOR ENTERPRISE 29
3.7 SDN + NFV: A ROBUST AND LEAN NETWORK 29
VIRTUALIZATION TCO ANALYSIS 32
3.8 BENEFITS OF A TCO (OR LIFE CYCLE COST) ANALYSIS 32
3.9 COMPARING THE TRADITIONAL WAY AND THE TCO WAY 33
3.9.1 USING TCO MODEL TO EVALUATE NFV OPTION 33
3.9.2 THE TCO MODEL CASE 34
3.10 TCO ANALYSIS WORKING MODEL 35
NFV VENDOR LANDSCAPE 36
APPENDIX 40
SDN VS. NFV - Q&A 40

List of Figures

Figure 1: Individual Networking Hardware to Virtual Network Nodes 9
Figure 2: Server Virtualization vis-à-vis NFV 11
Figure 3: Network without Virtualization 12
Figure 4: Network with Virtualization 13
Figure 5: Reduction of Energy Consumption with NFV 14
Figure 6: Benefits of NFV for Operators and Service Providers 16
Figure 7: Traditional Network vs. NFV Powered Network Setup 17
Figure 8: Benefits of NFV to Enterprises 18
Figure 9: NFV solves the enterprise content delivery problem 20
Figure 10: NFV solves the HD Video Delivery Problem 21
Figure 11: NFV and Video on Demand 22
Figure 12: NFV Adoption by Enterprise 25
Figure 13: CloudNFV Challenges 26
Figure 14: NFV Orchestration Architecture 27
Figure 15: Architecture and Cloud Flow 28
Figure 16: SDN and NFV Relationship 29
Figure 17: Network without SDN and NFV (1) 30
Figure 18: Network with NFV and SDN (2) 31
Figure 19: Business Case vs. TCO Modeling 33
Figure 20: Snapshot of the Excel Model 34
Figure: 21Comparison of 5 year TCO for CMO and FMO 35
Figure 22: NFV Offering Attributes 36
Figure 23 6WINDGate & Blue Planet from CYAN Inc. 36
Figure 24: The F5 Family of Solutions - BIG IP Product Suite 37
Figure 25: Rating NFV Vendors - Comparative Matrix 38
Figure 26: NFV Vendor Measurement Quadrant 39


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