American and European service providers agree on SDN benefits and challenges with key differences
U.S. and European service providers share similar SDN business drivers and challenges, but Europe has a lower deployment rate and is more concerned about reducing costs as well as managing the technology. These are the main results of a Packet Design survey of more than 200 network service providers on both continents. The company polled more than 100 service providers and equipment providers at the 2014 MPLS SDN World Congress in Paris last month (more than half of the respondents were based in Europe). This adds to the results of the survey of 100 service providers Packet Design conducted at the 16th annual MPLS/SDN International Conference in Washington, D.C. last November.
“The survey results show that service providers have the will to move to SDN, but Europe is being a bit more conservative deploying it,” said Steve Harriman, senior vice president of marketing for Packet Design. “The complexity and new management challenges the respondents called out provide good reason for caution, since traditional management and device-centric methods and tools will be inadequate in an automated network. Whether building their own or waiting on vendors to develop SDN management tools, service providers and enterprises alike need real-time intelligence to gain visibility into and control of the SDN environment before it can be widely adopted.”
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