Research Firm Attributes Q2 SD-WAN Surge to Router Replacement

Virtualization Review | October 11, 2019

Noting a surge in the software-defined wide-area networking (SD-WAN) market, research firm IHS Markit claimed the disruptive technology was entering a "router replacement phase." In our discussions with vendors, it has become apparent that most recognize SD-WAN as a mainstream technology," said IHS Markit analyst Josh Bancroft. "As a result, larger enterprises have begun to refresh their legacy, router-centric WANs with SD-WAN. Vendors are capitalizing on the refresh opportunities with customers that have large bases of aging router equipment." The firm said the SD-WAN market -- including appliances and control and management software -- rose 23 percent in the second quarter of this year.

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NFV is a framework specified by ETSI that incorporates concepts from other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and open source projects (like OpenStack, Oasis, OpenDaylight). In NFV, software-based functionality is now decoupled from the hardware, and a Virtualized Network Function (VNF) Package is used to onboard and activate the application.

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NFV is a framework specified by ETSI that incorporates concepts from other Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) and open source projects (like OpenStack, Oasis, OpenDaylight). In NFV, software-based functionality is now decoupled from the hardware, and a Virtualized Network Function (VNF) Package is used to onboard and activate the application.

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Deloitte Launches Zero Trust Access, a New Managed Security Service

Deloitte | July 16, 2022

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