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Overview:

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is a telecom led initiative that aims to utilize standard IT virtualization technology to consolidate many telecom 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 telecom infrastructure ecosystem. Mind Commerce estimates that the overall global market for NFV will grow at a CAGR of 83.1% between 2015 and 2020. NFV revenues will reach $ 8.7 Billion by the end of 2020.

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 2015 to 2020. All purchases of Mind Commerce reports includes time with an expert analyst who will help you link key findings in the report to the business issues you're addressing. This needs to be used within three months of purchasing the report.

The addresses the following key topics:

Key Issues in NFV: An assessment of key issues related to NFV
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 2015 to 2020

Target Audience:

SDN solution 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

Table Of Contents

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Market: Business Case, Market Analysis and Forecasts 2015 - 2020
1 Introduction 7
1.1 Topics Covered 7
1.2 Target Audience 8
1.3 Companies Mentioned 9
2 Executive Summary 11
2.1 Global NFV Market 2015 - 2020 11
2.2 Key NFV Trends through 2020 12
3 Virtual Networking: The Booming Industry of the Decade 14
3.1 Network 15
3.2 Industry Trends in Network Infrastructure 17
3.2.1 Legacy Networking Environment Is Incapable of Elastic Networking Demand 17
3.2.2 Converged Data Traffic a New Challenge 18
3.2.3 A Need for Dynamic Networking Is Growing 18
3.2.4 Scalability Is a New Challenge For IT Teams 18
3.2.5 Lack of Flexible Hardware at Peak Times 19
3.2.6 Increasing Network Utilization Need More NICs 20
3.2.7 Evolution of Standards for Converging IT and Telecommunication Services 21
3.2.8 Telecom Operators Look For Ease of Multivendor Purchase and Interoperability 22
3.3 Upcoming Solutions to Resolve Networking Challenges 23
3.4 Virtualization 23
3.4.1 Virtualization Software 25
3.5 Virtual Datacenter 26
3.5.1 Types of Virtual Datacenter 27
3.5.1.1 Hardware Virtualized Datacenter 27
3.5.1.2 Software Defined Datacenter (SDCC) 28
3.5.2 Use of Virtual Datacenter in Telecommunication 28
3.6 Server Virtualization 29
3.7 Storage Virtualization 30
3.7.1 Block Level Virtualization 31
3.7.2 File Level Virtualization 32
3.8 Network Virtualization 32
3.8.1 Software Defined Network (SDN) 33
3.8.2 Network Function Virtualization 34
3.9 Differences between NFV, NV and SDN 36
4 NFV Concept, Role and Key Benefits 37
4.1 Concept of NFV 37
4.2 Features of NFV 38
4.3 Role of NFV 39
4.4 Key Benefits that Address NFV 39
5 NFV Architectural Framework and Fundamentals 42
5.1 NFV Reference Architectural Framework 43
5.2 NFV Infrastructure (NFVI) 49
5.2.1 VNF Forwarding Graph (VNF FG) 52
5.3 NFV Proofs of Concept (PoC) 54
5.4 NFV Use Cases 58
5.4.1 Service Chaining of NFs for Carriers 58
5.4.2 Multi-vendor Distributed NFV 59
5.4.3 NFV IaaS 59
6 Status of NFV in 2014 62
6.1 Key Developments and Deployments of NFV 62
6.1.1 Nokia Networks Shipped First Commercial NFV Solution 62
6.1.2 Huawei Leads Telco Transformation via Commercial Deployments of SDN and NFV 63
6.1.3 Dell introduced NFV starter Kit in October 2014 64
6.1.4 Alcatel-Lucent Announced a Portfolio of Virtualized Mobile Network Function Applications 64
6.1.5 Radisys Launched T-100 Series for Virtualized Data Plane for NFV 65
6.1.6 Amdocs launched Network Cloud Service Orchestrator 65
6.1.7 Ericson Launched an OPNFV Certification Program 66
6.1.8 Telefónica and NEC Showcased Residential vCPE on NFV Platform 67
6.2 NFV Trials in 2014 67
6.2.1 Telekom Austria Group among the First Operators in Europe to Present NFV Trial 67
6.2.2 Telekom Austria Group Trials NFV-based IMS with Project Clearwater 68
6.2.3 NTT DoCoMo Conducts NFV Trials with Different Combination of Six vendors 68
6.2.4 KT and Alcatel-Lucent to run NFV Trials in Korea 68
6.3 Schedule of ETSI NFV Releases 69
6.3.1 Finalized and Published Works on NFV at ETSI 69
6.3.2 Works to be completed on NFV at ETSI 71
6.4 OPNFV: Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects 73
6.5 CloudNFV Consortium 75
7 NFV Business Case 78
7.1 Background: 78
7.2 Solution: 79
7.3 Necessity of NFV 79
7.4 Benefits of implementing NFV 81
7.4.1 CAPEX / OPEX Reduction 81
7.4.2 Improved Time to Market 81
7.4.3 Improved Scalability of Services and Network Topology 82
7.4.4 Energy Reduction and Improved Operational Efficiency 82
7.5 Challenges in Implementing NFV 82
8 NFV Global Markets 2015 - 2020 85
8.1 State of the NFV Market in 2014 86
8.2 NFV Markets 2015 through 2020 87
8.2.1 NFV Platforms will be the Entry Point for Hardware Virtualization Vendors in NFV Space 87
8.2.2 Virtual Network Functions Will Lead the Markets in First Half of the Forecast Period 88
8.2.3 The Second Half of Forecasting Period Will See Rise in the Service Based NFV 89
9 NFV Vendor Landscape 92
9.1 Vendor Status 92
9.1.1 6WIND 93
9.1.2 Alcatel-Lucent 94
9.1.3 Amdocs 97
9.1.4 Cisco 97
9.1.5 Connectem 98
9.1.6 ConteXtream 98
9.1.7 Ericsson 99
9.1.8 F5 99
9.1.9 Huawei 101
9.1.10 Intel 102
9.1.11 Juniper 104
9.1.12 NEC 104
9.1.13 NSN 105
9.1.14 Openwave Mobility 105
9.1.15 Skyfire/Opera 105
9.1.16 Oracle 106
9.1.17 RAD Data Communications 106
10 Conclusions and a Looking Towards the Future 108
10.1 Key Issues in an NFV World 111
10.1.1 What are Key Elements from a Cost/Performance Perspective? 111
10.1.2 Dimensioning and Elasticity 112
10.1.3 Transition from Now to New: Fork-lift vs. Selective Implementation 112
10.1.4 Does NFV help in Content Delivery? 113
10.1.5 Does NFV help in Contextual Communications? 113
10.1.6 Will NFV Generate New Revenues, Services, and Applications? 114
10.1.7 Does NFV open the Industry for Net Gains with Non-traditional telcos? 115
10.1.8 Could an Enterprise integrate its Cloud/IT Services with NFV and Realize Benefits? 115
10.2 Final Conclusions 116

Figures

Figure 1: Global NFV Markets: 2015 - 2020 12
Figure 2: Types of Virtualization 26
Figure 3: High Level NFV Framework 42
Figure 4: NFV Reference Architectural Framework 44
Figure 5: COTS Hardware in an NFV Setup 46
Figure 6: NFV Infrastructure 50
Figure 7: NFV Infrastructure domains 51
Figure 8: NFV End to End Network 53
Figure 9: CloudNFV Open Framework 76
Figure 10: NFV Deployment by Type 2015 - 2020 90
Figure 11: Cloud Management and Orchestration 96

Tables

Table 1: Global NFV Markets: 2015 - 2020 11
Table 2: Next Generation Networking Concepts 23
Table 3: Types of Server Virtualization 30
Table 4: Comparison between SDN, NFV and NV 36
Table 5: Completed PoC: ETSI 55
Table 6: Ongoing PoC: ETSI 57
Table 7: NFV Tasks Completed/Finalized at ETSI 70
Table 8: NFV Tasks in Progress at ETSI 72
Table 9: NFV Markets by Deployment Type 2015 - 2020 89

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