Network Applications – how to unleash the full innovation-potential of SDN and NFV
Software-defined networking (SDN) and Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) will profoundly affect the network communications market, creating chances for innovators and start-ups and altering revenue streams with a shift from hardware toward software and services.
SDN promises a new world of network applications based on a network programming API, also referred to as northbound APIs interface. That’s because SDN and NVF introduces network programmability and flexibility that opens up the way applications can be used to manage and control the network. These applications range from approaches and tools for network virtualization and dynamic virtual network provisioning to more granular firewall monitoring, user identity management, access policy control and today still unforeseen applications.
It’s a situation similar to the opportunity enabled by the launch of consumer app stores for mobile devices. With app stores in place, developers have been able to let their imaginations run wild to develop applications that suit every taste and interest. What app stores did for smartphones, SDN and NVF will do for networking gear. In an SDN-enabled network with NVF capabilities, service providers can create and use any number of applications that can cut their OPEX and CAPEX, improve customer experience, and deliver new monetization opportunities.
This session aims to
- Summarise recent technological advances and standardisation activities
- Opportunities for innovators and start-ups in the SDN era
- What are the challenges and obstacles to unleash the full innovation-potential of SDN and NFV?
- Research trends and future actions in Europe and internationally
The session will cover the following topics:
- Software Defined Networking (SDN) for rapid application deployment and service delivery
- Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) as a core structural change in the way telecommunication infrastructure gets deployed, bringing significant changes in the way that applications are delivered to service providers
- How a market of software-defined networking applications will take shape