SDN and NFV will help enable the next generation of IoT

01 April 2016
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Godfrey Chua
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, Network Functions Virtualization, NFV, Software Defined Networking, SDN, Virtualization, LPWA, 5G
Companies: Alcatel Lucent, Arista, AT&T, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Telefonica, Vodafone
Number of Pages: 6

One of the greatest disruptions taking place in the networking world today relates to Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) – that is taking key networking capabilities, such as routing, load balancing, content delivery, border control, and firewall functionality, and virtualizing these functions so that they can run on off-the-rack, non-proprietary hardware platforms. The economic implications of this movement are profound. It liberates service providers from purpose-built proprietary hardware platforms which in turn will significantly lower the cost of network infrastructure and services. Beyond economics, SDN and NFV also promise to enable an unprecedented level of flexibility and scalability in the network.

This Research Note examines the relevance of SDN and NFV to the IoT industry and the potential impact it can have on enabling and accelerating IoT adoption.

Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, Network Functions Virtualization, NFV, Software Defined Networking, SDN, Virtualization, LPWA, 5G

Companies covered in this report: Alcatel Lucent, Arista, AT&T, Cisco, Juniper Networks, Telefonica, Vodafone

6 pages

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