Overview:

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a telecom led initiative that aims to utilize standard IT virtualization technology to consolidate many telco network equipment types onto industry standard high volume servers, switches and storage. NFV involves implementing network functions in software that can run on a range of industry standard server hardware, and that can be moved to, or instantiated in, various locations in the network as required, without the need to install new proprietary equipment.

With a promise to drive significant CapEx and OpEx reductions, NFV is poised to transform the entire telco infrastructure ecosystem. Mind Commerce estimates that global spending on NFV solutions will grow at a CAGR of 46% between 2014 and 2019. NFV revenues will reach $1.3 Billion by the end of 2019.

This report provides an in-depth assessment of the global NFV market, including a study of the business case, technology, use cases, vendor landscape, and a quantitative assessment of the industry from 2014 to 2019.

The addresses the following key topics:

Key Issues in NFV: An assessment of key issues related to NFV
NFV Use Cases: A review of specific use cases for the Big Data market
NFV Technology: A review of the underlying technologies that enable NFV
The Business Case for NFV: An assessment of the business case, growth drivers and barriers for NFV
Vendor Assessment: An assessment of the vendor landscape of leading players within the NFV market
Market Analysis and Forecasts: A global and regional assessment of the market size and forecasts for the NFV market from 2014 to 2019

Key Findings:

Early NFV deployments will target virtualization of the mobile core (EPC) and IMS services
NFV IaaS will open a major opportunity for data center and cloud service providers to play a greater role in the telco services market
Mind Commerce estimates the NFV market to be worth $203 Million in 2014. Growing at a CAGR of 46 % between 2014 and 2019, NFV revenues will reach $1.3 Billion by the end of 2019
Companies with expertise in network virtualization technology as well as commodity hardware manufacturers such as Intel will significantly benefit from the commercialization of NFV

Target Audience:

SDN providers
Mobile network operators
Telecom infrastructure providers
Cloud and virtualized datacenters
NFV technology/solution vendors
Telecom service providers of all types
Digital content and application providers

Companies in Report:

Amazon
Azuze
AT&T
6WIND
Alcatel-Lucent
Amdocs
BT
CIMI Corp
Cisco
Connectem
ConteXtream
Ericsson
F5
Google
Huawei
Intel
Juniper Networks
Meraki
NEC
NSN
Openwave Mobility
Oracle
Skyfire/Opera
Telefonica

Table Of Contents

1 Chapter 1: Introduction 7
1.1 Executive Summary 7
1.2 Topics Covered 8
1.3 Key Findings 9
1.4 Target Audience 10
1.5 Companies Mentioned 11
2 Chapter 2: NFV Technology and Business Case 13
2.1 Defining NFV 13
2.2 Why the Confusion between NFV and SDN 15
2.3 Taxonomy for NFV 17
2.3.1 Commercial off the shelf (COTS) Hardware 17
2.3.2 Cloud Computing 18
2.4 Architecture: How to Define a "Network" in an NFV World? 19
2.5 Lessons from the Virtualized World: Meraki Case Study 19
2.6 Market Drivers 21
2.6.1 CapEx/OpEx Reduction 21
2.6.2 Improved Time to Market 21
2.6.3 Improved Scalability of Services and Network Topology 21
2.6.4 Energy Reduction and Improved Operational Efficiency 22
2.7 Market Barriers 24
2.7.1 Performance Trade-Off 24
2.7.2 Security Concerns 24
2.7.3 Integration and Network Stability Challenges 24
2.7.4 Driven by Standards (ETSI/ISG) and "Too Many Cooks"? 25
2.8 Case Study: If a Telco was run with the same economies as AWS, Azure or Google server farms, what is the benefit/value etc? 26
2.9 Technology: what is the real problem to be solved? 26
2.10 What is the role of the CloudNFV Group? 27
3 Chapter 3: NFV Use Cases, Implementation Areas and Case Studies 29
3.1 Mobile Core and IMS 29
3.2 RAN and HetNets: Enabling Cloud RAN 31
3.3 Home Environment Virtualization 33
3.4 NFV based Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) 34
3.5 What are the other trajectories for the network and NFV should/could be aware of (they all matter)? 36
3.6 NFV Implementation Case Studies 37
3.6.1 BT 37
3.6.2 ATandT 38
4 Chapter 4: NFV Vendor Landscape 39
4.1 Vendors are already lined up: who is doing what? 39
4.2 6WIND 39
4.3 Alcatel-Lucent 40
4.4 Amdocs 41
4.5 Cisco 42
4.6 Connectem 43
4.7 ConteXtream 44
4.8 Ericsson 45
4.9 F5 46
4.10 Huawei 47
4.11 Intel 48
4.12 Juniper 49
4.13 NEC 50
4.14 NSN 51
4.15 Openwave Mobility 52
4.16 Skyfire/Opera 53
4.17 Oracle 54
5 Chapter 5: Key Issues in an NFV World 55
5.1 What are key elements from a cost/performance perspective? 55
5.2 Dimensioning and elasticity 56
5.3 Transition from now to new (i.e. fork-lift vs. selective implementation) 56
5.4 Does NFV help in Content Delivery? 57
5.5 Does NFV help in Contextual Communications? 57
5.6 Will NFV generate new revenues, services, and applications? 58
5.7 Money flows 59
5.7.1 Does the pie shrink, or is there more opportunity: does NFV open the industry for non-traditional telcos? 59
5.7.2 Could an enterprise integrate its Cloud/IT services with NFV and benefit? 59
5.8 Lessons Learned So Far 60
5.9 Ecosystem: Who are the Winners and Losers? 61
6 Chapter 6: Forecasts 62
6.1 NFV Revenue: 2014 - 2019 62
6.2 NFV Revenue by Region 2014 - 2019 63
6.2.1 Asia Pacific 64
6.2.2 Eastern Europe 65
6.2.3 Latin and Central America 66
6.2.4 Middle East and Africa 67
6.2.5 North America 68
6.2.6 Western Europe 69

List of Figures

Figure 1: The ETSI Vision for NFV 14
Figure 2: Relationship between NFV and SDN 15
Figure 3: COTS Hardware in an NFV Setup 17
Figure 4: Energy Reduction in an NFV Setup 22
Figure 5: CloudNFV Open Framework 27
Figure 6: Mobile Core Virtualization 29
Figure 7: Mobile RAN Virtualization 31
Figure 8: CPE Virtualization 33
Figure 9: NFV IaaS Setup 34
Figure 10: NFV IaaS Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 35
Figure 11: NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 62
Figure 12: NFV Solution Sales Revenue by Region: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 63
Figure 13: Asia Pacific NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 64
Figure 14: Eastern Europe NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 65
Figure 15: Latin and Central America NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 66
Figure 16: Middle East and Africa NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 67
Figure 17: North America NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2013 - 2019 ($ Million) 68
Figure 18: Western Europe NFV Solution Sales Revenue: 2014 - 2019 ($ Million) 69

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