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SD-WANフォーカスグループ:成功への道筋はいまだ不透明

SD-WAN Focus Group: Path to Success Still Uncertain

 

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Heavy Reading
ヘビーリーディング社
2017年10月US$3,495
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米国調査会社ヘビーリーディング社(Heavy Reading)の調査レポート「SD-WANフォーカスグループ:成功への道筋はいまだ不透明」は、サービスプロバイダのSD-WANの専門家への質問に基づいている。このフォーカスグループへの、採用、課題、技術の利点、SD-WANに関連する収益などの9つの質問を行っている。

This report was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are SD-WAN experts. This focus group was asked nine questions about deployment, challenges and benefits of the technology and revenue related to SD-WAN. The results clearly illustrate that while SD-WAN is clearly seen as a de facto technology going forward, answers to practical questions about the technology haven't been as easy to divine.

 


 

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Virtually all of the telecom predictions published at the beginning of the year indicated that software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) would become a disruptive force in the industry. As the final months of 2017 draw nigh, it appears the insight provided by the great telco crystal ball was somewhat justified.

But figuring out how to best deploy SD-WAN and generate significant, long-term revenue is something that none of the fortune-tellers have been able to answer, according to insight from SD-WAN experts at communications service providers (CSPs) involved with a new research initiative by Heavy Reading.

The Thought Leadership Council circumvents traditional industry hype to ascertain how CSPs are really responding to important industry technologies and trends. What makes this initiative so unique is that participants discuss issues in a completely anonymous forum, enabling them to share insights and express business realities that otherwise could not be shared.

TLC members could identify up to three barriers to wide-scale implementation of SD-WAN. Almost half said that ensuring carrier-grade reliability was a significant barrier, and about 25 percent said ensuring security was a challenge. Fifteen percent of focus group service providers said lack of interoperability among SD-WAN suppliers was a barrier, and 15 percent identified a lack of internal software expertise as a challenge.

SD-WAN Focus Group: Path to Success Still Uncertain was generated from a Q&A with service providers that are SD-WAN experts. This focus group was asked nine questions about deployment, challenges and benefits of the technology and revenue related to SD-WAN. The results clearly illustrate that while SD-WAN is clearly seen as a de facto technology going forward, answers to practical questions about the technology haven't been as easy to divine.

The following excerpt illustrates how far along service providers in our focus group are in terms of deploying SD-WAN. More than 60 percent of service providers in the focus group indicate they've already deployed SD-WAN. Of that 60 percent, one service provider deployed in early 2016 and is now entering its second phase of deployment; another service provider is deploying SD-WAN via a partnership for cloud connectivity.

SD-WAN Focus Group: Path to Success Still Uncertain is published in PDF format.



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SD-WAN Questions Linger for CSPs

Heavy Lifting Analyst Notes
Denise Culver, Online Research Director
10/11/2017
 
 
 

When telco vendors are thoroughly committed to selling equipment that supports various technologies, there are words you'll never hear them use to describe service provider interest in that technology. Words such as ambiguous, unclear and questionable, for instance, are never uttered.

Yet all of those words are synonymous to findings expressed in the report generated from Heavy Reading's Thought Leadership Council (TLC), SD-WAN Focus Group: Path to Success Still Uncertain. Service providers in the report have no clear path for deploying software-defined wide area networking (SD-WAN) or generating significant, long-term revenue from it. Despite that, equipment vendors and market forecasts insist the technology is a panacea.

This is the second report generated from the TLC, which is made up of service providers who are actively involved in planning and building new networks and services. More than 60% of the service providers in the TLC already have deployed SD-WAN.

Nevertheless, many are clear that SD-WAN is a replacement service for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) revenue, as opposed to a new source of revenue expansion, which alters the revenue picture painted by many equipment vendors. Furthermore, no two service providers in TLC are deploying SD-WAN the same. In fact, more than 70% of service providers in the forum admit they're using more than one strategy to deploy SD-WAN.

This report also clearly underscores the impact that the TLC's format has on service provider input. Participants are drawn from service providers around the world and include a mix of wireline, mobile, cloud, fiber, data and broadband network operators. Their information is completely confidential, so members can share their ideas and experiences freely.

The anonymity enabled one service provider to admit that a key SD-WAN vendor selection was heavily influenced by his management's relationship with a vendor. However, when the choice backfired, deployment was delayed by a year. Another service provider admitted that deploying SD-WAN had not translated to any increase in revenue.

The next TLC focus group report will be on Emerging Technologies. Additional TLC reports will cover 5G, Automation and B/OSS Transformation; a report on IoT already is available.

— Denise Culver, Director of Online Research, Heavy Reading

 

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