Netsocket, a technology leader in virtualized, Software-Defined Networking, today announced further evidence of the burgeoning need for virtualized networking solutions as well as the major barriers keeping enterprises and service providers from deploying Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions into their networks. A webinar poll on Software-Defined Networking (SDN) & Network Virtualization, jointly hosted by Heavy Reading Analyst, Sterling Perrin, and chief technologists from Netsocket, showed results that point to the demand for SDN as a means of next generation network transformation and those deployment scenarios generating the greatest demand for virtualized networks. Key findings include:
- Overwhelmingly 72% of the service provider and enterprise respondents agreed that having the means to provide network optimization through automation was the lead use case deployment scenario driving the demand for SDN.
- Proven interoperability with legacy network hardware and the lack of complete end-to-end virtualized network solutions were equally charted as the greatest hindrance to the actual move to SDN today.
“While the promise of greatly reduced CAPEX/OPEX through software based network elements, much faster upgrade cycles, lower energy costs and reduced network maintenance is recognized by service providers and enterprises, what is needed now is validation and proof points against these promises,” said Sterling Perrin, Senior Analyst, Heavy Reading. Netsocket brought to market last month the Netsocket Virtual Network (NVN), the industry’s first completely virtualized end-to-end network solution, which can be downloaded and evaluated today at no cost at www.virtualnetwork.com.
Netsocket’s NVN was designed with the understanding that the virtual network and legacy hardware-based network must coexist for years to come. “We addressed the interoperability requirement through our built-in carrier-class router in the controller which enables seamless connectivity with legacy networks through industry standard protocols,” stated Netsocket CTO, Richard Platt. “As highly exposed in the poll, it is the application layer that will be the key driver in SDN adoption. Providing automated installation, provisioning and orchestration across legacy and SDN networks is a ‘must have’ to ensure the delivery of real-time network service analytics, automation and network optimization.”
A recent Heavy Reading White Paper: Delivering on the Promise of SDN & Network Virtualization Today further resonates the poll results, stating that for a virtualized network solution to be successful in solving the problems created by cloud services and applications, it has to address three key areas; functionality, management and integration. “Netsocket is one of the first vendors to introduce a networking product line based, from the ground up, on the concepts and technologies of SDN and network virtualization and entirely in software,” continued Mr. Perrin.