Verizon has taken the next step forward in transitioning to NFV by completing an OpenStack cloud deployment across five of its data centers in the United States.
Waltz Networks announced that it raised $6.75 million in Series A funding from New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and $1.4 million in National Science Foundation grants, bringing its total financial war chest to $8.15 million. The company is essentially a collection of Cornell University engineering students who recently won AT&T Labs' first-ever SDN Network Design Challenge.
Nokia and Accenture have formed a new group with an eye on helping service providers and enterprises migrate to SDN and other digital technologies.
CenturyLink is now a U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) authorized network services provider under the $4 billion Global Network Services (GNS) contract, enabling it to compete on multiple service contracts.
Ericsson has acquired NodePrime, a San Francisco-based data center management startup, enhancing its efforts to help service providers configure and manage data center hardware.
As service providers implement SDN and NFV into their networks, they can scale the delivery of managed security services-- one that grew 9 percent year-over-year to $17.4 billion in 2015, says IHS Research.
Calix has joined the ON.Labs ONOS project as a collaborator in an effort to expand the reach of non-Java applications for SDN-enabled last mile access networks.
With SDN already making its mark on the data center to enable cloud computing services, the focus is shifting towards WANs, which can be used to meet the requirements of cloud applications and services.
Last year, AT&T's John Donovan used his ONS keynote to introduce the concept of CORD – Central Office Re-architected as Datacenter. The concept was straightforward; leveraging a critical service provider asset (the central office), in line with SDN and NFV principals, to support new service delivery models. More importantly, it was compelling enough that, a year later at ONS 2016, Donovan was back and significant CORD expansions and updates were rolled out.
As operators like AT&T and Verizon deploy more software-defined networking and network functions virtualization, research firm International Data Corporation (IDC) is taking note of the SDN shift from the datacenter networks to the wide area networks.