ISG Provider Lens™ report sees rapid adoption of software-defined networking as a way for enterprises to save money, offer more flexible services
STAMFORD, Conn., Aug. 21, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Enterprises across the globe and in the U.S. are rapidly adopting software-defined networking and related technologies as an alternative to traditional LAN and WAN services, according to new reports published today by Information Services Group (ISG) (Nasdaq: III), a leading global technology research and advisory firm.
The 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services Global and U.S. reports find enterprises in many regions embracing SDN, network function virtualization (NFV) and software-defined WAN (SD-WAN) technologies and services as well as related network services such as performance assurance and managed networks and devices.
"While existing managed WAN and LAN services and multiprotocol label switching technologies form the backbone of the enterprise customer installed base, the networking market is rapidly changing," said Esteban Herrera, partner and global leader of ISG Research. "Enterprises are moving to SDN-related services because they are now focused on improving the integration and management of network resources."
Enterprises are opting for the SDN umbrella of technologies and services for several reasons, the report says. Many seek increased flexibility and agility, with a desire to seamlessly add applications and network resources in order to better meet business goals.
In addition, SDN-related tools allow enterprises to respond quickly to customer queries and quickly provide new services, the report says. Enterprises also see SDN and NFV as a way to improve network efficiency while reducing usage costs. Using SDN-related tools, enterprises can route non-critical mobile data over lower cost connections, the report notes.
Many providers of networking products and services are involved in SDN-related pilot projects and are regularly converting them to production-level deployments, the report says. Many networking vendors are embracing SDN products as a way to improve their positioning in the marketplace.
The 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services Global Report evaluates the capabilities of 62 providers across seven quadrants: Managed WAN Services; Mobile Network (4G/5G) Additional (non-core) Services; SDN Transformation Services (Consulting and Implementation); SD-WAN Equipment and Services (DIY); SDN Security Services; SD Network Technologies (Core), and SD Network Technologies (Mobile to Edge).
The global report names IBM and Orange Business Services as leaders in six quadrants and AT&T as a leader in five. BT and Vodafone are named as leaders four quadrants, while CenturyLink, Cisco and T-Systems are leaders in three. Dell EMC, HCL, Juniper, Tech Mahindra, Verizon and Wipro are all named leaders in two quadrants, and Infosys, Masergy, SingTel, Symantec and VMware are leaders in one.
Meanwhile, the 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services U.S. Report evaluates the capabilities of 56 providers across the same seven quadrants.
The U.S. report names IBM as a leader in six quadrants and AT&T and Verizon as leaders in five. CenturyLink, Cisco and Juniper are named leaders in three quadrants, and Apcela, Dell EMC, Extreme Networks, Orange Business Services, Sprint and VMWare are leaders in two. Cato Networks, Masergy, PCCW and Symantec are leaders in one quadrant.
The 2019 ISG Provider Lens™ Network – Software Defined Solutions and Services Global report is available to ISG Insights™ subscribers or for one-time purchase on this webpage. The U.S. report is available on this webpage.
About ISG Provider Lens™ Research
The ISG Provider Lens™ Quadrant research series is the only service provider evaluation of its kind to combine empirical, data-driven research and market analysis with the real-world experience and observations of ISG's global advisory team. Enterprises will find a wealth of detailed data and market analysis to help guide their selection of appropriate sourcing partners, while ISG advisors use the reports to validate their own market knowledge and make recommendations to ISG's enterprise clients. The research currently covers providers offering their services globally, across Europe and Latin America, as well as in the U.S., Germany, the U.K., the Nordics and Brazil, with additional markets to be added in the future. For more information about ISG Provider Lens research, please visit this webpage.
The series is a complement to the ISG Provider Lens Archetype reports, which offer a first-of-its-kind evaluation of providers from the perspective of specific buyer types.
ISG (Information Services Group) (Nasdaq: III) is a leading global technology research and advisory firm. A trusted business partner to more than 700 clients, including more than 70 of the top 100 enterprises in the world, ISG is committed to helping corporations, public sector organizations, and service and technology providers achieve operational excellence and faster growth. The firm specializes in digital transformation services, including automation, cloud and data analytics; sourcing advisory; managed governance and risk services; network carrier services; strategy and operations design; change management; market intelligence and technology research and analysis. Founded in 2006, and based in Stamford, Conn., ISG employs more than 1,300 digital-ready professionals operating in more than 20 countries—a global team known for its innovative thinking, market influence, deep industry and technology expertise, and world-class research and analytical capabilities based on the industry's most comprehensive marketplace data. For more information, visit www.isg-one.com.
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