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2016 Predictions & A Look Back at 2015

For our last blog of the year, we offer some predictions for 2016 and take a look back at 2015.

In 2015 it feels like NFV and SDN reached the peak of inflated expectations – and that’s a good thing. We have exited the portion of the hype cycle in which people have understood the basics, and are now trying to figure out just these technologies can be used to unlock business value.

Gartner Hype Cycle 2016 Predictions

In 2015, proof-of-concepts have now moved from lab and field trials to initial small-scale commercial implementations. For many service providers, short-term business success will be necessary in order to trigger larger scale deployments.

It also seems that the drivers for both SDN and NFV have shifted from “cost reduction and new service revenues” to “cost reduction and service velocity”. This is likely to be why we’ve seen VoLTE (voice over LTE) and vCPE (virtual customer premise equipment) emerge as probably the most common and popular initial use cases rather moon-shot approaches.

In 2015, cybersecurity awareness increased. Headline-making security breaches by both insiders and external attackers, the transition to cloud-based architectures with an expanded attack surface, and the disappearing perimeter is forcing security considerations to be acknowledged.

Some obligatory predictions for 2016:

  • Cybersecurity goes mainstream in 2016. The need to secure the network, and rapidly detect and neutralize threats, becomes a prerequisite for NFV and SDN based services.

  • New security-related revenue opportunities including managed identity services, breach detection, compliance assurance and more, will emerge for service providers.

  • Internet of Things will inspire new NFV-based services (and more security considerations).

  • Management and Orchestration limitations will be exposed. Until MANO is solved, growth will be stifled.

  • Containers… a new hype cycle?

Happy New Year and stay tuned for more blog posts throughout 2016, and be sure to review our 2015 blogs.

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