Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) Technology and Market Analysis 2015 - 2020



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Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) relies upon, but differs from, traditional server-virtualization techniques, such as those used in enterprise IT. A virtualized network function, or VNF, may consist of one or more virtual machines running different software and processes, on top of standard high-volume servers, switches and storage, or even cloud computing infrastructure, instead of having custom hardware appliances for each network function.

With NFV, any service able to be delivered on proprietary, application specific hardware can operate on a virtual machine. This includes Routers, Firewalls, Load Balancers and other network devices all running virtualized on commodity hardware.
This report assesses the global NFV market, including the business case, technology, use cases, vendor landscape, and a quantitative assessment of the industry from 2015 to 2020.

Table of Contents

1 Introduction
1.1 Topics Covered
1.2 Target Audience
1.3 Companies Mentioned

2 Executive Summary
2.1 Global NFV Market 2015 - 2020
2.2 Key NFV Trends through 2020

3 Virtual Networking: The Booming Industry of the Decade
3.1 Network
3.2 Industry Trends in Network Infrastructure
3.2.1 Legacy Networking Environment Is Incapable of Elastic Networking Demand
3.2.2 Converged Data Traffic a New Challenge
3.2.3 A Need for Dynamic Networking Is Growing
3.2.4 Scalability Is a New Challenge For IT Teams
3.2.5 Lack of Flexible Hardware at Peak Times
3.2.6 Increasing Network Utilization Need More NICs
3.2.7 Evolution of Standards for Converging IT and Telecommunication Services
3.2.8 Telecom Operators Look For Ease of Multivendor Purchase and Interoperability
3.3 Upcoming Solutions to Resolve Networking Challenges
3.4 Virtualization
3.4.1 Virtualization Software
3.5 Virtual Datacenter
3.5.1 Types of Virtual Datacenter Hardware Virtualized Datacenter Software Defined Datacenter (SDCC)
3.5.2 Use of Virtual Datacenter in Telecommunication
3.6 Server Virtualization
3.7 Storage Virtualization
3.7.1 Block Level Virtualization
3.7.2 File Level Virtualization
3.8 Network Virtualization
3.8.1 Software Defined Network (SDN)
3.8.2 Network Function Virtualization
3.9 Differences between NFV, NV and SDN

4 NFV Concept, Role and Key Benefits
4.1 Concept of NFV
4.2 Features of NFV
4.3 Role of NFV
4.4 Key Benefits that Address NFV

5 NFV Architectural Framework and Fundamentals
5.1 NFV Reference Architectural Framework
5.2 NFV Infrastructure (NFVI)
5.2.1 VNF Forwarding Graph (VNF FG)
5.3 NFV Proofs of Concept (PoC)
5.4 NFV Use Cases
5.4.1 Service Chaining of NFs for Carriers
5.4.2 Multi-vendor Distributed NFV
5.4.3 NFV IaaS

6 Status of NFV in 2014
6.1 Key Developments and Deployments of NFV
6.1.1 Nokia Networks Shipped First Commercial NFV Solution
6.1.2 Huawei Leads Telco Transformation via Commercial Deployments of SDN and NFV
6.1.3 Dell introduced NFV starter Kit in October 2014
6.1.4 Alcatel-Lucent Announced a Portfolio of Virtualized Mobile Network Function Applications
6.1.5 Radisys Launched T-100 Series for Virtualized Data Plane for NFV
6.1.6 Amdocs launched Network Cloud Service Orchestrator
6.1.7 Ericson Launched an OPNFV Certification Program
6.1.8 Telefónica and NEC Showcased Residential vCPE on NFV Platform
6.2 NFV Trials in 2014
6.2.1 Telekom Austria Group among the First Operators in Europe to Present NFV Trial
6.2.2 Telekom Austria Group Trials NFV-based IMS with Project Clearwater
6.2.3 NTT DoCoMo Conducts NFV Trials with Different Combination of Six vendors
6.2.4 KT and Alcatel-Lucent to run NFV Trials in Korea
6.3 Schedule of ETSI NFV Releases
6.3.1 Finalized and Published Works on NFV at ETSI
6.3.2 Works to be completed on NFV at ETSI
6.4 OPNFV: Linux Foundation Collaborative Projects
6.5 CloudNFV Consortium

7 NFV Business Case
7.1 Background:
7.2 Solution:
7.3 Necessity of NFV
7.4 Benefits of implementing NFV
7.4.1 CAPEX / OPEX Reduction
7.4.2 Improved Time to Market
7.4.3 Improved Scalability of Services and Network Topology
7.4.4 Energy Reduction and Improved Operational Efficiency
7.5 Challenges in Implementing NFV

8 NFV Global Markets 2015 - 2020
8.1 State of the NFV Market in 2014
8.2 NFV Markets 2015 through 2020
8.2.1 NFV Platforms will be the Entry Point for Hardware Virtualization Vendors in NFV Space
8.2.2 Virtual Network Functions Will Lead the Markets in First Half of the Forecast Period
8.2.3 The Second Half of Forecasting Period Will See Rise in the Service Based NFV

9 NFV Vendor Landscape
9.1 Vendor Status
9.1.1 6WIND
9.1.2 Alcatel-Lucent
9.1.3 Amdocs
9.1.4 Cisco
9.1.5 Connectem
9.1.6 ConteXtream
9.1.7 Ericsson
9.1.8 F5
9.1.9 Huawei
9.1.10 Intel
9.1.11 Juniper
9.1.12 NEC
9.1.13 NSN
9.1.14 Openwave Mobility
9.1.15 Skyfire/Opera
9.1.16 Oracle
9.1.17 RAD Data Communications

10 Conclusions and a Looking Towards the Future
10.1 Key Issues in an NFV World
10.1.1 What are Key Elements from a Cost/Performance Perspective?
10.1.2 Dimensioning and Elasticity
10.1.3 Transition from Now to New: Fork-lift vs. Selective Implementation
10.1.4 Does NFV help in Content Delivery?
10.1.5 Does NFV help in Contextual Communications?
10.1.6 Will NFV Generate New Revenues, Services, and Applications?
10.1.7 Does NFV open the Industry for Net Gains with Non-traditional telecom?
10.1.8 Could an Enterprise integrate its Cloud/IT Services with NFV and Realize Benefits?
10.2 Final Conclusions

Table 1: Global NFV Markets: 2015 – 2020
Table 2: Next Generation Networking Concepts
Table 3: Types of Server Virtualization
Table 4: Comparison between SDN, NFV and NV
Table 5: Completed PoC: ETSI
Table 6: Ongoing PoC: ETSI
Table 7: NFV Tasks Completed/Finalized at ETSI
Table 8: NFV Tasks in Progress at ETSI
Table 9: NFV Markets by Deployment Type 2015 – 2020 

Figure 1: Global NFV Markets: 2015 – 2020
Figure 2: Types of Virtualization
Figure 3: High Level NFV Framework
Figure 4: NFV Reference Architectural Framework
Figure 5: COTS Hardware in an NFV Setup
Figure 6: NFV Infrastructure
Figure 7: NFV Infrastructure domains
Figure 8: NFV End to End Network
Figure 9: CloudNFV Open Framework
Figure 10: NFV Deployment by Type 2015 - 2020
Figure 11: Cloud Management and Orchestration