Vodafone (News - Alert) Ocean has tapped Nuage Networks to provide it with enterprise SDN/NFV SD-WAN technology.
The deal includes the Nuage Networks Virtualized Service Platform. Nokia’s (News - Alert) Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform virtualizes and automates any data center network infrastructure so network operators can instantaneously deliver cloud applications to thousands of tenants in a policy-driven manner.
The carrier and supplier also have been working together on a VPN+ pilot project. That aims to demonstrate how SD-WAN can support Internet of Things applications and NFV environments.
Forrester Research (News - Alert) in a December report said the Nuage VSP is a “go-to solution” for companies adopting Docker, OpenStack, and other open platforms and hardware.
“Nuage Networks Virtual Services Platform (VSP) offers a single network policy framework that distributes business policies and network intelligence across containers, hypervisors, datacenters, and cloud platforms to link these islands,” comments Andre Kindness, Principal Analyst, Forrester in the report. He continues, “Nuage Networks came to market during the first wave of SDN overlay solutions. Unlike others that have fallen off the map, Nuage Networks has developed a strong presence in the service provider market. As a result, its VSP has become the go-to solution for companies adopting Docker, OpenStack, and other open platforms and hardware.”
Meanwhile, IHS (News - Alert) Markit reported that results from its 2016 SDN and NFV Vendor Leadership Global Service Provider Survey indicated that Ciena, Cisco/Tail-f, and Nokia are perceived as the three leaders in software-defined networking. The research firm talked to those who have deployed network functions virtualization and SDN, or plan to do so in the future.
The firm went on to say that three quarters of survey respondents will use telecommunications equipment manufacturers as their SDN hardware and software suppliers. IHS Markit also said 40 percent of those surveyed plan to buy from each of these supplier types: data center virtualization/orchestration software vendors, open source distribution vendors, SDN application software specialists, specialized SDN vendors, and virtualized network functions software specialists.
Edited by Alicia Young