Global SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Market 2020 Forecast and Analysis

Report “The SDN, NFV & Network Virtualization Bible: 2015 – 2020 – Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies & Forecasts” presents an in-depth assessment of the global SDN, NFV and network virtualization market. In addition to covering underlying technology, key market drivers, challenges, future roadmap, value chain analysis, use cases, deployment case studies, company profiles, product strategies and strategic recommendations, the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for the market from 2015 till 2020. The forecasts and historical revenue figures are individually segmented for 10 individual submarkets, 2 user base categories, 7 use case categories, 6 geographical regions and 34 countries.

The report comes with an associated Excel datasheet covering quantitative data from all figures presented within the report.

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While the benefits of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and network virtualization are well known in the enterprise IT and data center world, both technologies also bring a hosts of benefits to the telecommunications service provider/carrier community.

Not only can SDN and network virtualization help address the explosive capacity demand of mobile traffic, but they can also reduce the CapEx and OpEx burden faced by service providers to handle this demand by diminishing reliance on expensive proprietary hardware platforms.

SDN and network virtualization solutions have been widely deployed in data center and enterprise environments, and many service provider deployments are already underway.

Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) is service provider led initiative aimed at virtualizing network components in a service provider network. While NFV is still a developing technology, many vendors have already developed commercial-grade solutions that align well with the NFV initiative.

Driven by the thriving ecosystem, Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market will account for nearly $10 Billion in 2015 alone. Despite barriers relating to standardization and co-existence with legacy networks, Research estimates further growth at a CAGR of 37% over the next 5 years.

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Key Findings:

  • Driven by the thriving ecosystem, Research estimates that the SDN, NFV and network virtualization market will account for nearly $10 Billion in 2015 alone. SNS Research estimates further growth at a CAGR of 37% over the next 6 years
  • Spending on SDN/NFV orchestration platforms is expected to grow at a CAGR of nearly 60% between 2015 and 2020. By the end of 2020, orchestration platforms will account for $1.7 Billion in revenue, representing more than 8% of all service provider SDN/NFV spending
  • Although network virtualization in the enterprise IT and data center domain has received significant attention in the past years, service provider network virtualization is still at a nascent stage
  • SDN and NFV empower a multitude of network functions to be implemented cost effectively in software, ranging from standard mobile IMS (IP Multimedia System) services to features such as DPI (Deep Packet Inspection)
  • By 2017 we expect to see significant price and gross margin erosion for traditional hardware-based network switching equipment driven by alternative software based solutions
  • By 2020 Research estimates that SDN and NFV can enable service providers (both wireline and wireless) to save up to $32 Billion in annual CapEx investments

Topics Covered:

  • The scope and implementation of SDN, NFV and network virtualization across the globe
  • SDN, NFV and network virtualization technology
  • Market drivers and key benefits of SDN, NFV and network virtualization
  • Challenges and inhibitors to the ecosystem
  • Standardization and regulatory initiatives
  • Use cases and application case studies of SDN and NFV
  • SDN and NFV deployment case studies
  • SDN and NFV induced service provider CapEx savings
  • Value chain analysis of the ecosystem and the recognition of key players in each segment of the value chain
  • Industry roadmap from 2015 till 2020
  • Key trends in the ecosystem; SDN and NFV’s impact on the network infrastructure value chain, prospects of orchestration platforms, the stance of incumbent vendors towards SDN and NFV, impact on the proprietary hardware market and co-existence with legacy networks
  • Profiles and strategies of over 200 key players in the ecosystem
  • Strategic recommendations for silicon & server OEMs, network & mobile Infrastructure vendors,  IT giants, pure-play SDN/NFV specialists, enterprises, data center operators and service providers
  • Historical revenue figures and forecasts till 2020


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Forecast Segmentation:

Market forecasts are provided for each of the following submarkets, user base and use case categories:


  • SDN Hardware & Software
  • NFV Hardware & Software
  • Other Network Virtualization Software

User Base Categories

  • Service Providers
  • Data Centers & Enterprises

NFV Submarkets

  • Hardware Appliances
  • Orchestration & Management Software
  • VNF Software

Service Provider SDN Submarkets

  • SDN-Enabled Hardware Appliances
  • Orchestration & Management Software
  • SDN Controller Software
  • Network Applications Software

Data Center/Enterprise SDN Submarkets

  • SDN-Enabled Hardware Appliances
  • SDN-Enabled Virtual Switches
  • SDN Controller Software

Service Provider Use Case Categories

  • Radio Access Networks
  • Mobile Core, EPC, Policy & IMS Services
  • Data Center
  • Mobile Backhaul
  • Wireline Fixed Access Networks
  • CPE/Home Environment

The following regional and country markets are also covered:

Regional Markets

  • Asia Pacific
  • Eastern Europe
  • Latin & Central America
  • Middle East & Africa
  • North America
  • Western Europe

Country Markets

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany,  India, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Norway, Pakistan, Philippines, Poland, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE, UK and USA

Additional forecasts are provided for:

SDN and NFV Induced Service Provider CapEx Savings by Region

Companies Mentioned:  21 Vianet Group, 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), 6connect, 6WIND, A10 Networks, Accedian Networks, Accton, Acme Packet, ActionPacked Networks, Active Broadband Networks, ADARA Networks, Adax, ADLINK Technology, ADTRAN, ADVA Optical Networking, Advantech, AEPONYX, Aeroflex, Affirmed Networks, Airvana, Akamai Technologies, Alcatel-Lucent, Algar Telecom, Alibaba, Allot Communications, Altaro, ALTEN Group, Altera Corporation, Altiostar Networks, Alvarion Technologies, Amartus, Amazon, AMD (Advanced Micro Devices), Amdocs, Amethon, Anuta Networks, Apple, Argela, Aricent Group, Arista Networks, ARM Holdings, Arnold Consulting, Artesyn Embedded Technologies, Aruba Networks, ASOCS, AT&T, aTAC Initiatives, AudioCodes, Avago Technologies, Avaya, Beijing Telecom, Bell Canada, Benu Networks, Big Switch Networks, BII (Beijing Internet Institute), BII Group, Blue Coat, Boundary, Broadcom, Brocade, Browan Communications, BSkyB, BT, BTI Systems, CableLabs, Calient Technologies, Calsoft Labs, Canonical, Cariden Technologies, Carmel Ventures, Catbird Networks, Cavium Networks, Cedexis, Celestica, Cellcom, Cellwize, Centec Networks, CenturyLink Corporation, Ceragon Networks, Certes Networks, Cetan Corporation and more.

Key Questions Answered:

  • What are the key market drivers and challenges for SDN, NFV and the wider network virtualization ecosystem?
  • How can SDN and NFV complement each other?
  • What are the key applications and use cases of SDN and NFV?
  • How is the SDN, NFV and network virtualization value chain structured and how will it evolve overtime?
  • What opportunities do SDN and NFV offer to silicon & server OEMs, network & mobile Infrastructure vendors, IT giants, pure-play SDN/NFV specialists, enterprises, data center operators and service providers and other players in the value chain?
  • What strategies should these players adopt to capitalize on the SDN and NFV opportunity?
  • How are SDN and NFV vendors positioning their product offerings?
  • How big is the SDN, NFV and network virtualization ecosystem, and how much revenue will it generate in 2020?
  • What particular submarkets does the ecosystem constitute?
  • What geographical regions, countries and submarkets offer the greatest growth potential for SDN and NFV investments?
  • Who are the key players in the SDN and NFV ecosystem and what are their strategies?
  • How will SDN and NFV impact the network infrastructure value chain?
  • Is there a ring leader in the SDN and NFV ecosystem?
  • How long will service providers continue to utilize proprietary hardware platforms?
  • How can SDN and NFV help make the VoLTE (Voice over LTE) and RCS (Rich Communication Services) business case work?
  • How can software-defined DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) complement SDN functionality?
  • What level of CapEx savings can SDN and NFV facilitate for service providers in each region